BackForward Satellite: CHAMP 

Satellite details
Acronym CHAMP
Full name Challenging Mini-Satellite Payload
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the CHAMP programme.
  • Main missions: Gravity field and Space weather.
  • Significant contribution to temperature/humidity sounding.
Mass at launch 522 kg Dry mass 492 kg
Power 150 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam.
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 470 km
Inclination 87 °


Space agency DLR
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Radio occultation mission terminated in October 2008.
  • Orbit height progressively lowered because of atmospheric drag, until final fall into the ocean.
Launch 15 Jul 2000 EOL 19 Sep 2010
Last update: 2015-08-24
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 CHAMP

Acronym Full name
ASC Advanced Stellar Compass
BlackJack BlackJack GPS Receiver
LRR Laser Retro-Reflector
MIAS Magnetometer Instrument Assembly System
STAR Space Three-axis Accelerometer for Research mission
DIDM Digital Ion Drift Meter
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