BackForward Satellite Programme: Marine Observatory Satellite  

Programme details
Programme description
  • Two-satellite programme for land observation.  Original name: “Momo” = “Peach tree”).
  • Japanese programme: JAXA (at the time: NASDA) responsible of development and operations.
  • Platforms actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • Design lifetime: 2 years.
  • Sunsynchronous orbits around 10:30.
  • Replacement policy: launches at 3-year intervals.
  • See deailed description at
Data circulation
  • Onboard stored and real-time data downlinked to JAXA stations.
  • Data processing and distribution from the JAXA Earth Observation Data Analysis Research Center (EORC).
Agencies JAXA
Programme lifetime 1987 - 1996
Associated satellites and instruments

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