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Satellite details
Acronym NOAA-8
Full name National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 8
Satellite Description
  • 4th flight unit of the NOAA 4th generation programme, 1st of the ATN series.
  • Main mission: operational meteorology.
  • Significant contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 1420 kg Dry mass 740 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Selected global data available from NOAA.
  • Real-time data available by HRPT (full information) or by APT (reduced image resolution) or by the beacon (low-bit-rate data).
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 820 km
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Space agency NOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 28 Mar 1983 EOL 29 Dec 1985
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on NOAA-8

Acronym Full name
Argos Argos Data Collection System
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
HIRS/2 High-resolution Infra Red Sounder / 2
MSU Microwave Sounding Unit
S&RSAT Search & Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System
SSU Stratospheric Sounding Unit
SEM/MEPED SEM / Medium energy proton detector
SEM/TED SEM / Total Energy Detector
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