BackForward Satellite: Nimbus-5 

Satellite details
Acronym Nimbus-5
Full name Nimbus-5
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 5th flight unit of the Nimbus programme.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery, IR profiling, and demonstration of MW techniques for imaging and sounding.
  • Significant contribution to land observation.
Mass at launch 770 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Global data available from NASA/GSFC.
  • Data from a few instruments available in real-time through the beacon.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 1100 km
ECT 12:00 desc


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 10 Dec 1972 EOL 29 Mar 1983
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-5

Acronym Full name
ITPR Infrared Temperature Profile Radiometer
NEMS Nimbus-E Microwave Sounder
SCMR Surface Composition Mapping Radiometer
THIR Temperature-Humidity Infrared Radiometer
ESMR Electrically Scanning Microwave Radiometer
SCR Selective Chopper Radiometer
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