BackForward Satellite Programme: GEOTAIL 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme, addressing properties of the Magnetosphere.
  • Joint JAXA-NASA programme: JAXA responsible of satellite development, NASA of the launch.  Shared mission operations
  • The platform is spin-stabilised.
  • The design life time is 4 years.
  • The satellite exploits an elliptical orbit, highly elongated along the magnetospheric tail.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • Onboard stored and real-time data downlinked to the Usuda and Kagoshima stations (Japan) and at the NASA's Deep Space Network.  JAXA is responsible for spacecraft operations.  Scientific data distributed from JAXA and NASA.
Programme lifetime 1992 - 2022
Associated satellites and instruments

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