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QuARCS Up, Down

The QuARCS (Quad Amateur Radio Communications Satellite) is a two-satellite 1U CubeSat technology demonstration mission by the University of California, Davis, to test the capabilities of the Iridium and Globalstar radio communication satellite arrays when using a transmitter at an altitude of approximately 550 km.

The QuARCS projects consists of two identical satellites called Up and Down. Bot are to be launched together for redundancy. If both satellites should work, one will be dedicated for amateur radio duties.

It was selected in 2018 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program, but was cancelled early during development due to FCC licencing issues. The mission was replaced by the REALOP mission.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of California, Davis
Contractors: University of California, Davis
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1.3 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
QuARCS Down - cancelled (via NASA ELaNa program) with QuARCS Up, ?
QuARCS Up - cancelled (via NASA ELaNa program) with QuARCS Down, ?