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    Recent scientific cooperation between Italy and Brazil has opened the possibility of a significant Italian contribution to the scientific payload of the Brazilian mission MIRAX. MIRAX is a small scientific mission for X-ray astronomy, programmed for launch on 2015 on-board the Lattes satellite. The MIRAX scientific objectives include the broad-band study - inclusive of arcminute localisation - of the GRBs prompt emission, and the All Sky monitoring in the 2–50 keV energy band with a source location accuracy of a few arcmin and a daily sensitivity of 3 mCrab. The proposed configuration is composed of a coded-mask X-ray Monitor, equipped with Silicon Drift Detectors (2–50 keV), and a phoswich High Energy Spectrometer, sensitive in the 15–5000 keV energy band.