The HABIT Flight Model is ready for ExoMars!

Credits:GAS & Luleå Tekniska universitet


One of the main activities of the Group of Atmospheric Science is Mars Exploration. We are studying the Mars’ environment as well as its relevance for the design and operation of present and future missions to Mars.

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Mars Research

HABIT (HAbitability, Brine Irradiation and Temperature) instrument, selected as European payload element for the surface platform of the ESA/IKI ExoMars 2022 mission to Mars and under development at LTU.

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HABIT / ExoMars

Scientific exploitation of data from Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS, one of the instruments on board NASA’s Curiosity rover), is one of the current works of the Group of Atmospheric Science.

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REMS / Curiosity

MarsLab is a Martian environmental simulator to be installed at Luleå University of Technology, with the aim of becoming a cornerstone in the HABIT instrument, as well as a reference facility for the further exploration of Mars.

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INSPIRE Lab and MarsLab
(Kempe funded)

Our group leads de development of the LIFE project (Learning to Interpret Features from Exoplanets), planed with Cambridge’s Institute for Astrobiology, and which entails the creation of an Expert Centre for Radiative Transfer and Retrieval.

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Exoplanet Research
(Wallenberg & Kempe funded)

To improve the analytical capacity of remote sensing and the reliability of retrieval processes applied to data collected from them, we perform in situ ice cloud measurements by means of balloons launched from Esrange Space Center, Kiruna.

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In-situ cloud microphysics
(SNSA funded)

This project is aimed to improve the forecasting capability of WRF model in the arctic region, and in particular in the area of Esrange Space Center, in order to optimize the activity of the launch base.

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Wind Forecast at Esrange
(SNSA funded)

LTU’s Group of Atmospheric Science is a member of the Nordic Wind Energy Center, intended to support the development of the wind industry from the knowledge gathered so far by several Nordic universities.

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Nordic Wind Energy Center
(EU funded)

SWASDAG is an international project proposed by the Group of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology, and funded by the Swedish Council for Scientific Research (Vetenskapsrådet)

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(Vetenskapsrådet funded)

The Far-Infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM), has been selected by ESA as one of the next missions to be developed within its Living Planet programme, devoted to observing Earth from space.

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FORUM project

IGOSP (Integrated Global Observing System for Persistent Pollutants) project, is framed in the Strand-3 of the wider ERA-Planet programme, and is aimed to develop a real-time monitoring system to check the quality of the environment.

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IGOSP project
(ERC H2020 funded)

NoICE (Nordic Icing Center of Expertise) is a joint project funded by Interreg Botnia-Atlantica and aimed to palliate the problems caused to infraestructures and services by atmospheric icing in the Arctic region.

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NoIce Project
(European Research Council)


S3ME2 is the second prototype of a device thought to autonomously gathering environmental data. It is being built at LTU, and will be installed in Iceland, where it will be used to support earthquakes precursors analysis while being tested.

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(Per Bengtssons Foundation)

The Luleå Environmental Monitoring Stations project, which will be tested in a pilot programme in Luleå, is aimed to the implementation of a system for controlling the environment quality in smart cities.

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(Smart Cities pilots Grant)


ATMO-Vent: an adapted breathing atmosphere for COVID-19 patients

The ATMO-Vent, has been designed as a possible solution to mitigate this stress on the health systems. This project has been presented at “Hack the Crisis” the official COVID-19 hackathon in Sweden

HABIT and the ExoMars environmental tests in France

The HabitAbility: Brines, Irradiance and Temperature (HABIT) instrument developed by GAS at the Luleå University of Technology is undergoing the ExoMars environmental tests.

FORUM: a mission selected by ESA to view the Earth with different eyes

ESA has chosen the Far-infrared-Outgoing-Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM)mission to be the ninth Earth Explorer mission.

Article in the top 100 microbiology Scientific Reports papers in 2019

One of our papers has received 2426 article downloads in 2019, placing it as one of the top 100 downloaded microbiology papers for Scientific Reports in 2019.

Oxygen fluctuations on Mars a mystery for scientists to solve

Over the course of nearly six years, the instrument SAM (Sample Analysis of Mars) at NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has acquired atmospheric composition measurements of the air of Gale Crater on Mars.

GAS hosted a workshop of the nordic icing center of expertise (NoICE) project

On February 13th and 14th, the Group of Atmospheric Sciences has hosted one of the regular workshops of the Nordic Icing Center of Expertise (NoICE) project.