BackForward Satellite Programme: Deep Space Climate Observatory 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single satellite programme, for solar-terrestrial interaction and Earth's radiation.
  • Joint NOAA-NASA programme developed and operated by NASA for exploitation by NOAA.
  • The platform is 3-axes stabilised.
  • The design life time of the satellite is 5 years.
  • The satellite is placed on the L1 Lagrange libration point (1,500,000 km from the Earth surface) performing measurements on both the Sun and the Earth.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • Command and control station at Wallops Island (Virginia).
  • Data downlinked to the International Real Time Solar Wind Network (RTSWnet).
  • Data archived at the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, Co.
Programme lifetime 2015 - 2026
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned