SPARC-1 (Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1)

Satellite SPARC-1 (Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Reentry 2023-06-26. Was operational (News from Pumpkin on 2019-05-05)
Launched 2019-05-03
NORAD ID 44226
Deployer Maxwell [Rocket Lab]
Launcher Electron
Entity name Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by The University of New Mexico COSMIAC
Operator The University of New Mexico COSMIAC
Launch brokerer Rocket Lab
Partners Pumpkin, Swedish Defence Material Administration, University of New Mexico COSMIAC, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Demonstrate Agile Space Radio well as Space Situational Awareness for military utility.


Agile Space Radio (ASR) is an on-orbit reconfigurable transceiver, intended to support live experimentation with different waveforms and protocols useful to communications missions. Also a visible camera optimized for the study of space situation awareness (SSA) concepts. The camera is used to take photos of star-fields or remote space objects. It cannot take photos of the Earth. The data from the radio and the camera is supplied to both the United States and Swedish
governments. This is in accordance with a bilateral agreement between the two nations.

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Keywords SSA-Space Situational Awareness

Last modified: 2023-10-21

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