NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive Header




The ARC 1 (Alaska Research CubeSat) will be the first satellite designed, built, tested and operated by engineering and science 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 for UAF students to compete for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) research opportunities.

The Alaska Research CubeSat is designed as a technology demonstration mission to increase the technology readiness level of the ARC subsystems and to provide NASA relevant data of the launch environment. Beyond validating the basic platform, two critical subsystems will be tested, (i) a novel low-power attitude control and determination system, and (ii) a communication system capable of high bandwidth data transfer. Validating both of these technologies determines the capabilities of future missions.

ARC consists of 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.

Alternate Names

  • 40969
  • ARC1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2015-10-08
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

[] NASA Logo -