Launch of the MATS satellite

The new Swedish research satellite MATS will be launched by RocketLab from the space port in Mahia, New Zealand. After several years of development and delays, lastly due to a cancelled Russian launch, the MATS satellite will finally get into orbit and start collecting data.

Satellit i rymden. Foto: OHB Sweden and SNSA
Photo: OHB Sweden and SNSA

By imaging airglow and noctilucent clouds, and using a tomography concept, MATS will be able to construct 3-dimensional images of atmospheric gravity waves. This data will serve as base for studies of how gravity waves drive the large circulation patterns of the middle atmosphere. 

Read all about the MATS project!