The ARC 1 (Alaska Research CubeSat) will be the first satellite designed, built, tested and operated by engineering and science students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). This satellite is designed as both an educational tool and a platform to facilitate rapid development of scientific and technology demonstration missions at UAF. Successful implementation of this development platform will demonstrate the ability for UAF students to compete for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) research opportunities.
The Alaska Research CubeSat is designed as a technology demonstration mission to increase the technology readiness level of the ARC subsystems and to provide NASA relevant data of the launch environment. Beyond validating the basic platform, two critical subsystems will be tested, (i) a novel low-power attitude control and determination system, and (ii) a communication system capable of high bandwidth data transfer. Validating both of these technologies determines the capabilities of future missions.
ARC consists of one educational mission objective and three science mission objectives which serve to demonstrate what capabilities are available for future missions, and identify unforeseen system issues to be improved.
ARC 1 was deployed, but failed to transmit its beacon, likely because of a stuck separation switch.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP)|
|Contractors:||University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||497 km × 801 km, 64.78°|
|ARC 1||2015-058F||08.10.2015||Va SLC-3E||Atlas-5(401)||with Intruder 11A, Intruder 11B, SNaP-3 ALICE, SNaP-3 EDDIE, SNaP-3 JIMI, LMRSTSat, SINOD-D 1, SINOD-D 3, AeroCube 5C, OCSD A, BisonSat, Fox 1A, PropCube 1, PropCube 3|