The University of Bari (UniBa), founded in 1924, has decades long experience in space research activities. Researchers at the Department of Physics have been actively involved in numerous successful missions for space exploration, including Pamela, which was launched in 2006 with a Soyuz class rocket and the Fermi satellite, a NASA mission launched in 2008, and more recently, the DArk Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) satellite, a Chinese mission launched in 2015.


The silicon-strip detectors (SSDs), developed at the University of Bari, are active elements of a convertertracker, which forms part of a large area telescope (LAT) and allows for the conversion of incoming gamma-rays into electron-positron pairs. The LAT was the primary instrument on the FERMI gamma-ray Space Telescope mission, which was launched on in 2008, and stayed in operation for 13 years, contributing to a huge number of breakthrough discoveries, thanks to detailed studies on gamma-ray bursts, active galactic nuclei and local Galactic objects such as pulsars and Supernova Remnants.

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