RACE (Radiometer Atmospheric Cubesat Experiment) was a technology demonstration nanosatellite mission of NASA/JPL and UTA (University of Texas, Austin). The ÅAC product nanoRTU was the interface computer (RTU) to the microwave radiometer payload that primarily observes the 183 GHz water vapor line.
The spacecraft was launched towards the International Space Station on Oct. 28th, 2014, from Wallops Island, Virginia. The satellite was aboard the unmanned Antares rocket, along with other cargo for a resupply mission to the space station. Just seconds after liftoff, the rocket exploded, destroying the RACE satellite along with various other research projects and experiments.