BackForward Satellite Programme: Satélite de Coleta de Dados 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Series of two experimental satellites for data collection.
  • Brazilian programme: INPE responsible of development and operations. 
  • The platforms are spin stabilised (with active control of spin rate on SCD-2).
  • The design life time is 1 year.
  • The satellites are in low-inclination orbit for frequent coverage of the equatorial zone.
  • Redundancy is provided by flying the two satellites in the same orbital plane, dephased by 180°.
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Data circulation
  • Data relayed to the INPE network of acquisition stations.
Agencies INPEAEB
Programme lifetime 1993 - 2024
Associated satellites and instruments

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