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Satellite details
Acronym TIROS-9
Full name Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite - 9
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 9th flight unit of the TIROS programme.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery.
  • Introduction of the sunsynchronous orbit.
  • Introduction of the "cartwheel" configuration.
  • Because of a malfunction of the launching system, the actual orbit was elliptical with perigee 705 km and apogee 2582 km.
Mass at launch 138 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from NASA.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 1350 km
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Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 22 Jan 1965 EOL 12 Jun 1968
Last update: 2015-07-29
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on TIROS-9

Acronym Full name
VCS-WA Vidicon Camera System - Wide Angle
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