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Satellite details
Acronym AWS
Full name Arctic Weather Satellite
Satellite Description
  • Constellation of 4-16 (tbd) satellites to improve coverage over the polar regions.
  • Main mission: all-weather temperature and humidity profiles.
  • Exact orbital parameters to be determined but a study was done with 2 satellites each in 03:30, 07:30 & 11:30 orbital planes.
Mass at launch 120 kg Dry mass
Power 120 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Direct Data Broadcast L-Band downlink transmits realtime measurements for nowcasting
  • Data also disseminated to end users using EUMETSAT's EUMETCAST system with some delay.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 595 km


Space agency ESAEUMETSAT
Status Considered
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch ≥2029 EOL ≥2036
Last update: 2022-05-23
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on AWS

Acronym Full name
MWR (AWS) Microwave Radiometer (AWS)
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Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control