Basic avionics for ESA’s Arctic weather satellite to be supplied by AAC Clyde Space

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AAC Clyde Space was selected by OHB Sweden to deliver basic avionics worth around 797 kEUR Kilo Euros – approx. 8.2 MSEK) to ESA’s Arctic weather satellite – the decree was preceded by a hardening of the initial requirements of the systems.

OHB Sweden is the prime contractor for the mission Arctic weather satellite, providing the satellite platform and system integration. AAC Clyde Space was engaged to deliver the Starbuck power system, with mission-specific customization. An engineering model is due in the first quarter of 2022 and a flight model in the fourth quarter of 2022.

AAC Clyde Space announced on March 16, 2021 that it was intended to be a supplier of the Sirius control and data processing units and the Starbuck power system at the arctic weather satellite after successful qualification. The final requirements, functionality and qualification of Sirius control and data processing units are not yet complete. Omnisys Instruments, a recent addition to the AAC group, was selected to supply weather sensors to the project.

ESA’s Arctic Weather Satellite is an initial prototype mission that aims to demonstrate the utility of radiometric measurements to improve weather forecasting in the Arctic region and around the world. The final solution would involve a full constellation of satellites to provide more frequent measurements, which cannot be achieved by the larger geostationary satellites already used to describe areas.

Arctic Weather Satellite has become a flagship project for us as we chart an exciting development path by combining Omnisys weather sensors with our classic core avionics. We are proud to be able to play such a central role in this project.“Said AAC CEO Clyde Space, Luis Gomes.

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