The Astro-rivelatore Gamma a Immagini Leggero (AGILE) is a gamma-ray astronomy mission operated by ASI (Italian Space Agency). It was launched on April 23, 2007 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. The original plan called for a three year mission, but the satellite continues to operate at the present date (May 2020). It was launched into a near-equatorial orbit, giving it a good observational vantage on terrestrial gamma-ray flashes from thunderstorms and intense atmospheric electrical activity, in addition to its astrophysics observations.
Mission CharacteristicsLifetime : April 23, 2007 – present (as of May 2020)
Energy Range : 15 keV – 50 GeV
Special Features : Extremely rapid gamma-ray burst alerts, with initial estimated events announced within an hour of observation, and a refined alert within 3 to 3.5 hours. The rapid trigger systems have also proven useful for detecting terrestrial gamma-ray sources from thunderstorms, which are more common in the equatorial region over which the satellite orbits.
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