Alaska Research CubeSat (ARC-1)

The Alaska Research CubeSat (ARC-1) will be the first satellite designed, built, tested, and operated by students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

This satellite is designed as both an educational tool and a platform to facilitate rapid development of scientific and technology demonstration missions at UAF. Successful implementation of this development platform will demonstrate the ability of UAF students to compete for future Low Earth Orbit (LEO) research opportunities.

ARC will achieve one educational mission objective and three science mission objectives which serve to demonstrate what capabilities are available for future missions, and identify unforeseen system issues to be improved.

Education Mission Objective 1 (EMO1): Provide an authentic, interdisciplinary, hands-on student experiences in science and engineering through the design, development, operation of a student small satellite mission.

Science Mission Objective 1 (SMO1): Characterize thermal and vibration environment inside the launch vehicle from ignition to orbit insertion.

Science Mission Objective 2 (SMO2): Validate a novel low power Attitude Control and Determination Systems (ACDS).

Science Mission Objective 3 (SMO3): Validate a high bandwidth communication system by obtaining images of changing snow/ice coverage in arctic region.

A 1U CubeSat with a projected launch by NASA into a 120 degree inclination LEO. Planning a UHF 9k6 telemetry downlink and CW beacon. Also a 1 Mbit payload downlink on 2440.5MHz.

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel status