BackForward Satellite Programme: Pre-ACE (ACE = Aerosol-Cloud Ecosystems) 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme in the framework of the US Earth Science Decadal Survey, addressing aerosol and carbon flux at ocean surface.
  • Several NASA centres involved: Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) leader. Active role of CNES.
  • The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time of the satellites is 5 years.
  • Sunsynchronous orbit around 12:00.
  • See detailed description here.
Data circulation
  • TBD
Programme lifetime 2024 - 2027
Associated satellites and instruments

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