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Satellite details
Acronym SMS-1
Full name Synchronous Meteorological Satellite - 1
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the SMS programme.
  • Main mission: operational meteorology.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 627 kg Dry mass 293 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available in real-time to NOAA and re-distributed in near-real-time.
Orbit Geostationary orbit Altitude 35786 km
Longitude 75° W


Space agency NASANOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Initially placed at 45°W, it was moved to 75°W in 1975; to 105°W in 1976-1978; to 91°W in1978; to 75°W in 1979; to 70°W in 1979; to 132°W in 1980.
Launch 17 May 1974 EOL 21 Jan 1981
Last update: 2015-07-29
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on SMS-1

Acronym Full name
SEM/MAG SEM / Magnetometer
VISSR Visible-Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer
SEM/EPS SEM / Energetic Particles Sensor
SEM/HEPAD SEM / High Energy Proton and Alpha Particles Detector
SEM/XRS-EUV SEM / X-Ray Sensor - Extreme Ultra-Violet Sensor
DCIS Data Collection and Interrogation Service
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Satellite Field of View

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