BackForward Satellite Programme: Transition Region and Coronal Explorer 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single-satellite programme, for Space weather.
  • NASA programme: developed and operated NASA/GSFC.
  • The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time is 1 year.
  • The satellite exploits a sunsynchronous dawn-dusk orbit at 6:00.
  • See detailed descriptions at
Data circulation
  • Data are downlinked to the stations of Wallops, VA, and Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Processing at the GSFC TRACE Science Operations Center.
Agencies NASA
Programme lifetime 1998 - 2010
Associated satellites and instruments

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

  • Transition Region and Coronal Explorer