BackForward Satellite: C/NOFS 

Satellite details
Acronym C/NOFS
Full name Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single satellite in the framework of the Space Test Program (STP).
  • Main mission: Space weather -┬ádesigned to monitor scintillation in the low latitude Earth's ionosphere in a orbit with apogee 850 km and perigee 400 km.
  • Significant contribution to operational meteorology in the higher troposphere and lower stratosphere.
Mass at launch 384 kg Dry mass
Power 260 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Encrypted data downlink.
  • EFI and PLP data are available through NASA Goddard's Coordinated Data Analysis Web (CDAWeb), user registration.
  • CINDI data are available through the William B. Hanson Center for Space Science at The University of Texas at Dallas.
  • CORISS NRT data are available from UCAR, user registration.
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 588 km
Inclination 13 °


Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Service interrupted between 3 June and 21 October 2013.
Launch 16 Apr 2008 EOL 28 Nov 2015
Last update: 2016-07-22
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on C/NOFS

Acronym Full name
DIDM Digital Ion Drift Meter
VEFI Vector Electric Field Instrument
CINDI Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigation
PLP Planar Langmuir Probe
CORISS C/NOFS Occultation Receiver for Ionospheric Sensing and Specification
CERTO Coherent Electromagnetic Radio Tomography
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