BackForward Satellite Programme: NOAA Low Earth Orbiting Observation Program 

Programme details
Programme description
  • In 2022 NOAA established the LEO-OP to manage low Earth orbit satellite missions.
  • The aim is to have a more disaggregated satellite Earth observing capability.
  • The first LEO-OP mission is the QuickSounder satellite in 2025 in an early morning sun-synchronous orbit.
  • More satellites will follow in various orbits.
Data circulation
  • The data will be freely available.
Agencies NOAA
Programme lifetime 2025 - 2030
Associated satellites and instruments

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