BackForward Satellite Programme: Wind  

Programme details
Programme description

Comprehensive Solar Wind Laboratory for Long-Term Solar Wind Measurements

  • Single satellite programme, for solar-terrestrial interaction studies.
  • Programme developed and operated by NASA.
  • The platform is spin-stabilised, with spin axis normal to the ecliptic plane.
  • The design life time of the satellite is 3 years.
  • The satellite is placed on the L1 Lagrange libration point (1,500,000 km from the Earth surface in the Sun direction).
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Data circulation
  • Real-time data downlinked to a network of stations coordinated by NASA/GSFC.
  • Data service provided by NASA/GSFC.
Agencies NASA
Programme lifetime 1994 - 2024
Associated satellites and instruments

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