BackForward Satellite Programme: Challenging Mini-Satellite Payload 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single satellite programme, for Solid Earth and geomagnetic research
  • German programme led by GFZ (GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam) supported by DLR, with large international participation.
  • The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time of the satellite is 5 years.
  • High-inclination drifting orbit.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • Global data stored onboard and downlinked to a number of German stations, the main in Neustrelitz, and also at Svalbard.
  • Data collected and processed at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam.
Agencies DLR
Programme lifetime 2000 - 2010
Associated satellites and instruments

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