BackForward Satellite Programme: BIOMASS 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme, for vegetation monitoring.
  • Earth Explorer opportunity mission in the framework of the ESA Living Planet programme.  ESA responsible of development and operations.
  • Satellite with active stabilisation over 3 axes.
  • Design lifetime 5 years.
  • Sunsynchronous dawn-dusk orbit at 06:00.
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Data circulation
  • Onboard stored data downlinked to the Kiruna station.
  • Processing and archiving at the ESA’s Payload Data Ground Segment at the Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati (Rome).
Agencies ESA
Programme lifetime 2025 - 2030
Associated satellites and instruments

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