Satellite MATS successfully delivers first images

First image taken by MATS

The Swedish research satellite MATS has delivered successfully its first images to the scientists.

After only 5 days in orbit after its launch on the 4th of November and successful in-orbit-commissioning of the Satellite, the first images of the upper atmosphere with the instrument on MATS were taken. This milestone marks the outstanding performance of the OHB Sweden owned MATS satellite, its flight-proven InnoSat microsatellite platform and the corresponding operational setup using its inhouse developed Mission Control System RAMSES.

Linda Megner, leading the scientific team on MATS from Stockholm university explains the picture: “What we see in this image is a layer of light in the upper atmosphere at around 80-100km”. “The idea now is to take many such images and to assemble them into three-dimensional structures of the atmosphere. This will form the basis of the overall goal of identifying waves in the air-ocean and understanding their role in the climate system.”

See also here for more info (in Swedish) at the Swedish National Space Agency site.


MATS (Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography and Spectroscopy) is a Swedish science mission to investigate waves in the atmosphere and their impact on the climate. It is financed by the Swedish state through the National Space Agency. The scientific mission is led by the Department of Meteorology (MISU) at Stockholm University with involvement also from KTH and Chalmers. The MATS satellite is owned and operated by OHB Sweden.

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