AWE will provide the first global characterization of atmospheric gravity waves (AGWs) that originate in Earth’s lower atmosphere and affect space weather.

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What is AWE?

AWE is a space-based mission designed to provide the first-ever global characterization of small-scale AGWs at the edge of space.

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How does AWE work?

AWE uses a set of four infrared telescopes to image AGWs as they penetrate Earth’s upper atmospheric boundary.

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Why is AWE important?

AWE will improve our understanding of the AGWs that affect navigation, tracking, and communication systems.

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