The first readable CCD picture from the MATS satellite project.
The first readable picture from the CCDs - "the retinas" of the MATS satellite.

 

What is happening in the MATS-project?

Right now we are building and testing the prototype of our instrument. Soon we’ll order parts for the final version of the instrument, which will be integrated in the satellite and sent into space, says Linda Megner.

What do you hope to achieve with the workshop?

We want to build a scientific community to discuss how we can maximise the knowledge gain from MATS, for instance how we can use other data sets to complement our data. We also need to think about what is absolutely necessary in the instruments in order to use MATS data for the research we want. In particular, we need to know what the consequences are in case we’d have to lower the performance of the instrument.

Who are the participants?

They are experts on the research we want to study with MATS; atmospheric waves, airglow and noctilucent clouds. They come from as far away as Japan, US and Canada, and we’ve made sure that the programme of the workshop is loose enough to allow for brief meetings as well, in case anyone would like to get in touch with the participants, adds Linda Megner.

What are the challenges for MATS going forward?

We have a tough schedule and lots of things to do. Right now we are waiting for the thermic analyses of how hot the different parts of the instrument will be when in space. We need to know this for many reasons, for instance since the filters are very sensitive to temperature, so this will affect the measurements.

Finally, what’s so special about the colourful picture of the KTH logo?

This is the first picture from the CCD detectors  - the retinas of our instrument. It’s really satisfying to see how things are coming in place and functioning, says Linda Megner.

 

You can read more about the MATS satellite and the project here, and more about the workshop here.