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ARKSAT 1 [University of Arkansas]

The ARKSAT 1 (Arkansas Satellite) is a 1U CubeSat technology demonstration mission by the University of Arkansas.

ARKSAT-1 is to demonstrate LEO-to-Earth atmospheric composition measurements using an on-board xenon flash bulb as the calibrated source for ground tracking, CubeSat-scaled, telescope(s) mounted with UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer(s). It secondary focus is to demonstrate CubeSat deorbiting using Solid State Inflation Balloon (SSIB) developed for STMD’s Small Satellite Technology Program (SSTP).

The light emitter is based on the Hamamatsu L12336 Series Compact 2W xenon flash lamp module.

It was selected in 2017 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program. The satellite is to be launched onboard of Dragon CRS-27 towards the ISS, from where it will be deployed.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of Arkansas
Contractors: University of Arkansas
Configuration: CubeSat (1xU)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ARKSAT 1 1998-067VC 15.03.2023 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-27, STP-H9, LightCube, Ex-Alta 2, AuroraSat, YukonSat, NEUDOSE

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