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ARKA [Lavochkin]

ARKA or MKA-PN 5 is a Russian microsatellite solar observatory.

ARKA features a pair of solar telescopes with super-high angular resolution reaching around 100 kilometers. One instrument would be developed in Russia by Lebedev Physics Institute, FIAN, IFM in Novgorod and IKI in Moscow. Another instrument could be supplied by an US institute.

ARKA was to be based on Lavochkin's Karat microsatellite bus, but was cancelled with the Karat program in March 2014.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Science, solar cosmic rays, magnetosphere
Contractors: Lavochkin
Configuration: Karat-Bus
Power: 3 deployable, fixed solar arrays, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ARKA (MKA-PN 5) - cancelled Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M with Rezonans 2A, Rezonans 2B