BackForward Satellite Programme: Sentinel-5 precursor 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme to bridge the Envisat mission to the Sentinel-5 mission embarked on MetOp Second Generation.
  • ESA programme co-sponsored by the European Commission in the context of the Copernicus programme (formerly: GMES, Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).  ESA responsible of development and operations.  Instrument contributed by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO).
  • The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time is 7 years.
  • The satellite exploits a sunsynchronous orbit around 13:30, in formation with Suomi-NPP and JPSS.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • The global data are stored onboard and downlinked to the Svalbard station.
  • Data are processed at the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) located at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen.
Agencies ESANSO
Programme lifetime 2017 - 2025
Associated satellites and instruments

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