The Group of Astrodynamics for the Use of Space Systems (GAUSS Srl) is an Italian limited liability company based in Rome, founded in 2012 as a spin-off of the Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale of Sapienza University of Rome, carrying on the school’s more than twenty-year tradition in the field of microsatellites. Active in the space technology field, its aims are the research, the development and the implementation of aerospace projects, plus the educational aspect and the execution of related cultural initiatives.
GAUSS has gained experience from 9 differently shaped and sized satellites’ launches. The company business is mainly related to the design and the manufacturing of micro, nano, pico and femto satellites, intended as CubeSat, PocketQube and releasing platforms such as GPOD (GAUSS Picosatellites Orbital Deployer), MRFOD (Morehead Rome Femtosatellites Orbital Deployer) and TUPOD (TubeSat Picosatellites Orbital Deployer).
Since the early nineties, activities of designing, ground testing, integration, launch and ground operations have been managed by GAUSS members at the Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale, where the UNISAT program started under the supervision of Professor Filippo Graziani.
In the most recent launches, UniSat was also a platform and it was able to release 4 CubeSats, thus letting GAUSS be a small satellites launch provider. GAUSS activities include also structural design, realization and integration of the main subsystems and payloads and all the ground segment operations. The scientific and educational mission of the company is also very important: several experiments are boarded on the microsatellites, ranging from space debris observation instruments to space biomedicine payloads research.
Since 2009, GAUSS has been performing bio-medical research in space and on 2011 it was able to conduct two bio-medical experiments on board the Space Shuttle.
Since 2000, GAUSS has been launching satellites with the support of “International Space Company” (ISC) Kosmotras, using the Dnepr LV. At present, GAUSS has an agreement with the Company established by ISC Kosmotras and Glavkosmos, GK Launch Services, which operates Soyuz-2 commercial launches.
Most recently, GAUSS is also performing launches from the “International Space Station” through the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”.
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