BackForward Satellite: TROPICS-01 

Satellite details
Acronym TROPICS-01
Full name Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats - 01
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unti (pathfinder) of the TROPICS constellation.
  • Mission: to monitor changes in tropical cyclones as frequently as every 45 minutes in average (when the 7-satellite constellation is fully deployed).
Mass at launch 3.9 kg Dry mass
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data distributed by the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) 
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 600 km


Space agency NASA
Status Commissioning
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 30 Jun 2021 EOL ≥2024
Last update: 2021-07-02
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 TROPICS-01

Acronym Full name
TMS TROPICS Millimeter-wave Sounder
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