BackForward Satellite Programme: Parker Solar Probe 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme, addressing solar processes.
  • USA programme: NASA responsible of development and operations, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md.
  • The satellite is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design operational life is 7 years.
  • The satellite will orbit around the Sun in a highly elliptical orbit crossing, at intervals (at the perihelion), the corona.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • All operations managed by NASA/GSFC by exploiting the international Deep Space Network Data Downlink.
  • Data processing and service under the responsibility of NASA/GSFC. 
Agencies NASA
Programme lifetime 2018 - 2025
Associated satellites and instruments

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