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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
ECT TBD

 

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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Telecommunication frequency or microwave sensing channel information Show expert details
Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
AWS passive 50300 MHz 180000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 52800 MHz 400000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 53246 MHz 300000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 53596 MHz 370000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 54400 MHz 400000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 54940 MHz 400000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 55500 MHz 330000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 57290.344 MHz 330000.0  kHz - A   Temperature sounding channel
AWS passive 89000 MHz 400000.0  kHz - A   Window channel
AWS passive 165500 MHz 2800000.0  kHz - A   Water vapour channel
AWS passive 176311 MHz 2000000  kHz - A   Water vapour channel
AWS passive 178311 MHz 2000000  kHz - A   Water vapour channel
AWS passive 180311 MHz 1000000.0  kHz - A   Water vapour channel
AWS passive 181311 MHz 1000000.0  kHz - A   Water vapour channel
AWS passive 182311 MHz 500000.0  kHz - A   Water vapour channel
AWS passive 317150 - 333150 MHz N/R  kHz - A   4 channels centred on 325.15 GHz