The first mission to be realised using the InnoSat platform is the MATS scientific mission, created by the Department of Meteorology (MISU) at Stockholm University. MATS, an acronym that stands for “Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography and Spectroscopy”, will use optical measurements techniques to study the mesosphere. MATS will apply tomography to gain information about atmospheric structures and wave patterns; by looking at the mesosphere from many different directions it is possible to reconstruct three-dimensional pictures. By collecting data from the mesosphere over two years’ time, MATS will thus allow us to address a wide range of scientific questions about this remote part of the atmosphere.
OHB Sweden contributions
OHB Sweden acts as the prime contractor for the design, development, integration and test of the platform, based on InnoSat, as well as full system level responsible for the spacecraft integration and testing activities. The MATS mission is the first mission using the InnoSat platform. OHB Sweden works in partnership with ÅAC Microtec who is responsible for the On-Board Computer (OBC) and the power subsystem. The operations of the satellite will also be done under OHB Sweden’s responsibility.
The Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA) is financing the development of the InnoSat platform and the first flight model aimed for the MATS mission.
SNSA is also financing the development of the MATS scientific instrument which is carried out by Omnisys Instruments and KTH in Sweden under the leadership of MISU.
The launch of the MATS mission is planned for 2021.