BackForward Satellite: ESSA-1 

Satellite details
Acronym ESSA-1
Full name Environmental Science and Services Administration - 1
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the TOS programme.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery.
  • Significant contribution to radiation study.
Mass at launch 145 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from NOAA.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 770 km
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Space agency NOAANASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 03 Feb 1966 EOL 08 Mar 1967
Last update: 2015-07-27
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on ESSA-1

Acronym Full name
FPR Flat Plate Radiometer
VCS-WA Vidicon Camera System - Wide Angle
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