BackForward Satellite: TIROS-N 

Satellite details
Acronym TIROS-N
Full name Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite - N
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Prototype of the NOAA 4th generation 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 850 km
ECT 14:30 asc


Space agency NOAANASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 13 Oct 1978 EOL 27 Feb 1981
Last update: 2015-07-29
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on TIROS-N

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
SSU Stratospheric Sounding Unit
SEM/MEPED SEM / Medium energy proton detector
SEM/TED SEM / Total Energy Detector
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