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Mission typeEarth observing satellite
Mission duration5 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerAirbus Defence and Space (UK)
Launch mass1,170 kilograms (2,580 lb)
Power1500 watts
Start of mission
Launch date2022
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Altitude660 km

BIOMASS is an Earth observing satellite satellite planned for launch by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2022.[1][2] The mission will provide the first comprehensive measurements of global forest biomass.

The satellite will carry a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) operating at 435 MHz. The antennas are being fabricated by Italy and France through Thales Alenia Space.[3]


  1. ^ "Biomass". ESA. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ "The Earth Explorer Biomass". ESA. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Aerospace, BIOMASS space mission will have Italo-French "antennas"". ResearchItaly. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2019.