The Space Systems Engineering Program provides interdisciplinary students with hands-on experience in all aspects of space systems engineering through a design, build, launch paradigm applied to balloon and rocket payloads and small satellites. The current project, the Alaska Research CubeSat (ARC), was one of 12 CubeSat payloads selected for launch under the first NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative. ARC will be the first satellite designed, built, tested and operated by engineering and science students from UAF. The 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.
Name: Denise Thorsen, Director
Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Award: Higher Education, Project
Funding Period: 2011