BackForward Satellite Programme: Earth Radiation Budget Satellite 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme, coordinated with flights of the operational NOAA programme (NOAA-9 and NOAA-10) to study the Earth radiation budget.
  • USA programme: NASA responsible of development and operations.
  • Satellite actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • Design lifetime: 2 years.
  • Medium-inclination drifting orbit.
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Data circulation
  • Onboard stored data downlinked to stations of the NASA network; also real-time downlink via TDRSS.
  • Mission operated by NASA/GSFC; data processing and distribution performed by NASA/LaRC.
Agencies NASA
Programme lifetime 1984 - 2005
Associated satellites and instruments

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