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 536 km
ECT 14:00 desc


Space agency NASA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 30 Jun 2021 EOL ≥2022
Last update: 2021-10-07
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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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