MATS / Innosat
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 development of the InnoSat platform, the first flight model for MATS and for the launch and operations of the MATS satellite. OHB Sweden works in partnership with ÅAC Microtec who is responsible for the On-Board Computer (OBC) and the power subsystem.
The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) is financing the development of the InnoSat platform and the first flight model aimed for the MATS mission.
SNSB 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 2018.