BackForwardInstrument:  SWATS 

Instrument details
Acronym SWATS
Full name Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer
Purpose To provide input to neutral and ionospheric models and in-situ validation points for remote sensing missions
Short description Description not available. Spectrometer for neutral and plasma environment to characterize the Earth's ionosphere and thermosphere
Background Consolidated technology
Scanning Technique In-situ measurement in a drifting LEO
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle N/A
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency NRL
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2014 to ≥2022
Last update: 2021-12-09
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Field or radiowave sensor
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 2
  • Magnetospheric energetic particles and magnetometers
  • Ionospheric electron density sensor [in LEO and cross magnetosphere]
  • Ionospheric plasma density
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Electron Density
  • Ionospheric plasma density
Evaluation of Measurements

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Ionospheric plasma density*4 - fairNo specific limitation.Platform. Ionospheric plasma density
Electron Density*4 - fairNo specific limitation.Platform. Electron density