BackForward Satellite Programme: Japanese Earth Resources Satellite 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme for land observation.  Original name: “Fuyo”, a Japanese flower.
  • Japanese programme: JAXA (at the time: NASDA) responsible of development and operations.
  • Platforms actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • Design lifetime: 2 years.
  • Sunsynchronous orbits around 10:30
  • See deailed description at
Data circulation
  • Onboard stored and real-time data downlinked to JAXA stations.
  • Data processing and distribution from the JAXA Earth Observation Research Center (EORC).
Agencies JAXA
Programme lifetime 1992 - 1998
Associated satellites and instruments

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

  • Japanese Earth Resources Satellite