The ARC 2 (Alaska Research CubeSat) is a 1U CubeSat technology demonstration mission to refine their CubeSat bus architecture, fly an improved Launch Environment Data Logger to measure the vibrational and thermal environment inside the launch vehicle from ignition to orbit insertion and modify the COMM subsystem by creating a flexible communication infrastructure (satellite and ground) that would allow testing of variable coded modulation techniques and retro-directive antenna arrays for small satellites..
Additional payloads under consideration are a solar sail deployment and drag measurements, Transient Luminous Events Imaging Systems and a Spectral Imaging Systems.
It was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|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|
|ARC 2||-||2018||Va SLC-2W||Delta-7320-10C||with ICESAT 2, ELFIN, IT-SPINS, SurfSat|