BackForward Satellite: AWS-PFM 

Satellite details
Acronym AWS-PFM
Full name Arctic Weather Satellite Proto Flight Model
Satellite Description
  • Prototype satellite to improve coverage over the polar regions.
  • Main mission: all-weather temperature and humidity profiles.
  • 3-axis stabilised.
  • Exact orbital parameters to be determined.
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 600 km


Space agency ESAEUMETSAT
Status Planned
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Contract signed to build prototype satellite
Launch ≥2024 EOL ≥2029
Last update: 2022-04-27
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-PFM

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