BackForward Satellite: SME 

Satellite details
Acronym SME
Full name Solar Mesosphere Explorer
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single satellite.
  • SME was primarily to investigate the processes that create and destroy ozone in the Earth's mesosphere and upper stratosphere.
Mass at launch 437 kg Dry mass 145 kg
Data access link
Data access information
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 540 km
ECT 03:00 


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 06 Oct 1981 EOL 04 Apr 1989
Last update: 2023-05-15
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 SME

Acronym Full name
SME (IR) SME-Infrared Radiometer
SME (SPA) SME - Solar Proton Alarm
SME (SUM) SME - Solar UV Monitor
SME (UVOE) SME - Ultra-Violet Ozone Experiment.
SME (VND) SME - Visible Nitrogen Dioxide
Show instrument status and calibration