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ARCSAT [GomSpace]

The ARCSAT is a mission by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) to demonstrate military Ultra High Frequency (UHF) tactical communications via a polar Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite.

FFI has selected GomSpace to develop and build a 6U CubeSat test satellite.

The primary mission objective is to demonstrate the military use and relevance of an arctic satellite relay for tactical communication. The mission objectives include:

  • Demonstrating a complementary UHF SATCOM service in the North Sea and the Arctic.
  • Demonstrating in-orbit functionality, including real time communications relay and store-and-forward communications services.
  • Interoperability by supporting commercially available terminals.

This satellite was to be launched in October 2021, but was eventually delayed to April 2022..

Nation: Norway
Type / Application: Technology, communications
Operator: Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Contractors: GomSpace
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 10 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ARCSAT 2022-033E 01.04.2022 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with with EnMAP, —uSat 23, ..., 27, GNOMES 3, Hawk 4A, 4B, 4C, Lynk 05, ION-SCV 005, KSF 2A, ..., 2D, PlantSat, SUCHAI 2, SUCHAI 3, MP42, ARCSAT, Spark 1, Pixxel-TD 2, BRO 7, AlfaCrux, BDSAT, SpaceBEE 128, ..., 139

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