BackForward Satellite Programme: Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme, addressing solar observation
  • USA programme: NASA responsible of development and operations, in collaboration with a large number of scientific institutes in the US and abroad.
  • Platform actively stabilised over 3 axes
  • Design lifetime 2 years.
  • Exploiting a sunsynchronous orbit.
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Data circulation
  • Onboard stored data downlinked to Svalbard.
  • NASA/ARC (Ames Research Center), Moffett Field, CA, responsible for mission operations and the ground data system.
  • The science data are managed by the Joint Science Operations Center of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, run by Stanford and Lockheed Martin under control of the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
Agencies NASA
Programme lifetime 2013 - 2024
Associated satellites and instruments

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

  • Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph