BackForward Satellite: TIROS-3 

Satellite details
Acronym TIROS-3
Full name Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite - 3
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the TIROS programme.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery.
  • Substantial contribution to radiation budget study.
Mass at launch 129 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from NASA.
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 780 km
Inclination 47.9 °


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 12 Jul 1961 EOL 27 Feb 1962
Last update: 2015-07-29
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on TIROS-3

Acronym Full name
FPR Flat Plate Radiometer
MRIR Medium Resolution Infrared Radiometer
VCS-WA Vidicon Camera System - Wide Angle
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