ARCA will launch CubeMessenger the next Bulgarian satellite
In Summer 2013 Haas 2C rocket will place into orbit CubeMessenger, the next Bulgarian satellite. CubeMessenger, built by Bulgarian team BOREAS (Bulgarian Orbital Research and Satellites), is a satellite with an operational lifespan between one week and a month. It will be used to test and refine available communications and attitude control instrumentation and to provide a practical experience in small satellite operation. CubeMessenger will be equipped with a digital camera for Low Earth Orbit observations.
Haas 2C, the carrier rocket, is an intended Single Stage To Orbit vehicle, currently under construction and testing at ARCA. It is a very lightweight low-cost rocket and is powered by a liquid fueled bipropellant rocket engine that uses kerosene as fuel and liquid oxygen as oxidizer. The engine is made mostly from composite materials and uses inexpensive ablative cooling.
“We are very glad to work on a new Bulgarian satellite. Our partnership with ARCA is guaranteed to be fruitful due to our shared belief that space research does not deserve to be overlooked and is of universal benefit. This joint mission will be a vital step forward in the development of space exploration technology in both Bulgaria and Romania.” The BOREAS Team.
“Together we can do great things. BOREAS are our neighbors and partners. It is a new era in space exploration and orbital launchers and satellites are no longer exclusive for governmental agencies. Romania and Bulgaria will have the capability to place into orbit commercial satellites and to do space related research on our own.” Dumitru Popescu, ARCA President.
BOREAS in an international team of students based in Sofia, Bulgaria. They are united by enthusiasm and powered by their common passion for space exploration. Currently the team consists of students from the Technical University of Sofia, New Bulgarian University, the Royal Military College of Canada and the United Arab Emirates University.
Future projects of BOREAS include PAISIUS, a small scale orbital radiotelescope that will have a high polar orbit for a field of observation perpendicular to Earth’s rotation and ALCEK, a lunar Orbiter aimed at conducting spectroscopic research of the Moon’s surface.