BackForward Satellite: Nimbus-6 

Satellite details
Acronym Nimbus-6
Full name Nimbus-6
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 6th flight unit of the Nimbus programme.
  • Main missions: cloud imagery, IR and MW profiling, introduction of limb sounding.
  • Substantial contribution to Earth radiation study and Atmospheric chemistry.
Mass at launch 586 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 12 Jun 1975 EOL 29 Mar 1983
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Nimbus-6

Acronym Full name
ERB Earth Radiation Budget
ESMR Electrically Scanning Microwave Radiometer
HIRS High-resolution Infra-Red Sounder
LRIR Limb Radiance Inversion Radiometer
PMR Pressure Modulator Radiometer
SCAMS Scanning Microwave Spectrometer
THIR Temperature-Humidity Infrared Radiometer
TWERLE Tropical Wind Energy-conversion and Reference Level Experiment
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