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Satellite details
Acronym Nimbus-1
Full name Nimbus-1
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the Nimbus programme.
  • Main mission: demonstration of advanced imagers for cloud observation.
  • Elliptical orbit due to launcher malfunction: perigee 429 km, apogee 937 km.
Mass at launch 375 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Global data available from NASA/GSFC.
  • Real-time images available by APT.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 634 km
ECT 12:00 desc


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 28 Aug 1964 EOL 23 Sep 1964
Last update: 2015-07-28
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Nimbus-1

Acronym Full name
APT Automatic Picture Transmission
AVCS Advanced Vidicon Camera System
HRIR High Resolution Infrared Radiometer
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