BackForward Satellite Programme: Algeria Satellite 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Series of satellites for land observation.
  • Algerian programme: the Centre National des Techniques Spatiales (CNTS) of the Agence Spatiale Algerienne (ASAL) responsible of development and operations.
  • The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes (AlSat-1 by gravity gradient).
  • The design life time is 5 years.
  • The satellites exploit sunsynchronous orbits around 10:30, consistent with the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.
  • The replacement policy is based on launching satellites in sequence, roughly 6 months before the expected end-of-life of a satellite.
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Data circulation
  • Data stored onboard and transmitted to the Arzew station complex in western Algeria (Oran region).
  • Data circulating within the Disaster Monitoring Constellation consortium in free and fast fashion.  Open access granted. 
Agencies ASAL
Programme lifetime 2002 - 2030
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned