BackForwardInstrument:  MWS (GEO) 

Instrument details
Acronym MWS (GEO)
Full name Microwave Sounder for Geostationary Orbit.
Purpose A MW sounder for frequent temperature and humidity sounding from geostationary orbit. Also useful for large scale precipitation estimates.
Short description A MW radiometer with channels centred on 50-60 GHz and 183.31 GHz.
Background A new development by CAS and ESA.
Scanning Technique Interferometric synthetic aperture imaging.
Resolution <50 km
Coverage / Cycle
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency CAS
Instrument Maturity Demonstration pending
Utilization Period: TBD
Last update: 2023-08-07
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive microwave radiometer
  • Cross-track, special or non-scanning microwave radiometer
WIGOS Subcomponents No WIGOS subcomponents have been defined.
Mission objectives
No mission objectives have been defined.
Evaluation of Measurements

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Note: * Primary mission objective.