BackForward Satellite Programme: Spanish Earth Observation Satellite (also Ingenio) 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme, for land observation.
  • Spanish programme: developed and operated by CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial), with ESA assistance for industrial contract management.
  • The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time is 7 years.
  • The satellite exploits a sunsynchronous orbit around 10:30.  It is associated to a SAR component named SEOSAR/Paz in a 6:00 orbit.
  • See detailed descriptions at
Data circulation
  • Onboard stored and real-time data downlinked to the INTA (Instituto National de Técnica Aeroespacial) stations in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) (primary station) and in Maspalomas (Canary Islands) (backup station). Use of a high-latitude station also is envisaged.
  • Data processed at the PDGS (Payload Data Ground Segment) in Madrid.
Agencies CDTIESA
Programme lifetime 2020 - 2020
Associated satellites and instruments

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