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Instrument details
Acronym MATS
Full name Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography and Spectroscopy
Purpose To investigate atmospheric waves.by imaging variation in the light emitted by oxygen molecules at 100 km, as well as structures in the highest clouds in the atmosphere around 80 km ("noctilucent clouds")
Short description UV and NIR spectroradiometer, with two channels in the interval 270-300 nm and four channels in Ithe interval 760-780 nm, to observe noctilucent clouds and atmospheric airglow from the Oxygen A-Band
Background New development
Scanning Technique Two CCD imagers, one for nadir viewing and one for the Earth's limb.
Resolution Not known
Coverage / Cycle Global in TBD days
Mass Power Data Rate

 

Providing Agency SNSA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: ≥2020 to ≥2025
Last update: 2018-07-03
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Space radiometer or spectrometer
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • NIR/SWIR flux
  • UV flux
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
UV flux2 - very highNo specific limitation.Earth's limb and surface observed, moderate dynamic range
NIR/SWIR flux2 - very highNo specific limitation.Earth's limb and surface observed, moderate dynamic range