Arctic Weather Satellite


The third mission to be realized using the InnoSat platform is the Arctic Weather Satellite (AWS). AWS will use a passive microwave radiometer providing global measurements of the atmosphere to be used as part of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), Nowcasting (NWC) and to support climate research and applications.


OHB Sweden with its extensive experience of over three decades in the design, development and testing of low-cost small satellite missions will use its successful heritage InnoSat platform, demonstrating a cost-effective “new-space” approach within this program. The InnoSat platform will be slightly upgraded in such a way that it meets the possible constellation needs, serving as a versatile and flexible platform suitable for all constellation orbits.


The industrial team led by OHB Sweden consists of three core-members. OHB Sweden as mission prime, platform provider and system integrator, Omnisys instruments AB as Instrument prime and Thales Alenia Space as Ground Segment (incl. operations) prime. The entire AWS industrial team includes 31 companies (including 14 SME’s) from 12 different countries.


The Arctic Weather Satellite is funded under a contract with the European Space Agency under the Earth Watch program.


The launch of AWS is planned for early 2024.

Arctic Weather Satellite constellation
Arctic Weather Satellite constellation