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Satellite details
Acronym Nimbus-3
Full name Nimbus-3
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the Nimbus programme.
  • Main mission: demonstration of advanced imagers for cloud observation, and of IR atmospheric profilers; introduction of the Data Collection mission.
  • Substantial contribution to Earth radiation study.
Mass at launch 576 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 1100 km
ECT 12:00 desc


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 13 Apr 1969 EOL 22 Jan 1972
Last update: 2023-11-16
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-3

Acronym Full name
HRIR High Resolution Infrared Radiometer
IDCS Image Dissector Camera System
IRIS-B Infra-Red Interferometer Spectrometer - B
IRLS Interrogation, Recording and Location System
MRIR Medium Resolution Infrared Radiometer
MUSE Monitor of Ultraviolet Solar Energy
SIRS-A Satellite Infra-Red Spectrometer
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