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SHARC

SHARC [AFRL]

SHARC (Satellite for High Accuracy Radar Calibration) is picosatellite built by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to provide radar calibration for ground based radars. It is built to the non-standard 5U (1×5U) CubeSat form factor.

SHARC is to demonstrate the capability to perform critical calibration of over 120 TriService C-Band radars. Calibration is needed to meet tracking requirements of orbital objects. It is to demonstrate low latency delivery of data (minutes vs. days). Also it is to investigate the performance of Hypervisor on-orbit for DARPA. It features a GPS system and a C-band return transponder.

SHARC feautres the EyeStar communications system, tested on GEARRS, which uses the Globalstar satellite communications network for command and control.

SHARC will be launched in late 2016 on board of a cargo craft to the International Space Station to be deployed from the Japanese airlock in 2017.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Calibration
Operator: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Contractors: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (5U, 1×5U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 8 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SHARC TBD 18.04.2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, i-INSPIRE 2, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, LilacSat 1, NJUST 1, Aoxiang 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, Aalto 2, X-CubeSat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, qbee50-LTU-OC, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, Phoenix, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, IceCube, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, KySat 3, Biarri-Point, Lemur-2 30, ..., 33

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