BackForward Satellite: Nimbus-4 

Satellite details
Acronym Nimbus-4
Full name Nimbus-4
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 4th flight unit of the Nimbus programme.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery and demonstration of several techniques for IR atmospheric profiling.
  • Significant contribution to Earth radiation study and Atmospheric chemistry.
Mass at launch 675 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 08 Apr 1970 EOL 30 Sep 1980
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Nimbus-4

Acronym Full name
BUV Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectrometer
FWS Filter Wedge Spectrometer
IDCS Image Dissector Camera System
IRIS-D Infra-Red Interferometer Spectrometer - D
IRLS Interrogation, Recording and Location System
MUSE Monitor of Ultraviolet Solar Energy
SCR Selective Chopper Radiometer
SIRS-B Satellite Infra-Red Spectrometer - B
THIR Temperature-Humidity Infrared Radiometer
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