BackForward Satellite: BIRD 

Satellite details
Acronym BIRD
Full name Bi-spectral Infra-Red Detection
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the BIRD programme.
  • Main mission: land observation.
Mass at launch 94 kg Dry mass
Power 40 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from DLR.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 572 km
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Space agency DLR
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 22 Oct 2001 EOL 01 Jul 2007
Last update: 2015-07-27
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on BIRD

Acronym Full name
HORUS High Optical Resolution Utility Sensor
HSRS Hot Spot Recognition Sensor
WAOSS-B Wide-Angle Optoelectronic Stereo Scanner, BIRD version
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