THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
Full Name National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 18 Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NOAA Launch Date 20 May 2005
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2019
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 102.1 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.75 deg
Orbit Altitude 870 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 14:00 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Meteorology, agriculture and forestry, environmental monitoring, climatology, physical oceanography, volcanic eruption monitoring, ice and snow cover, total ozone studies, space environment, solar flux analysis, search and rescue. The EOL date is based on a reliability and health & status analysis; the date shown is at the 60% confidence level.
Mission Measurements
AtmosphereAerosols AVHRR/3
Atmospheric Humidity Fields AMSU-A, HIRS/4, MHS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, HIRS/4, MHS
Cloud particle properties and profile AMSU-A, MHS
Liquid water and precipitation rate AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, MHS
Ozone HIRS/4, SBUV/2
Radiation budget AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, HIRS/4, SBUV/2
Trace gases (excluding ozone) HIRS/4
Atmospheric Temperature Fields AMSU-A, HIRS/4
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements SEM (POES)
LandAlbedo and reflectance AVHRR/3
Soil moisture AMSU-A
Vegetation AVHRR/3
Surface temperature (land) AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, HIRS/4
Multi-purpose imagery (land) AVHRR/3
OceanOcean surface winds AMSU-A
Surface temperature (ocean) AVHRR/3, HIRS/4
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) AVHRR/3
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth AMSU-A, AVHRR/3
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness AMSU-A, AVHRR/3
Mission Instruments
AMSU-A - Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A
AVHRR/3 - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer/3
HIRS/4 - High Resolution Infra-red Sounder/4
MHS - Microwave Humidity Sounder
NOAA Comms - Communications package for NOAA
S&R (NOAA) - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking
SBUV/2 - Solar Backscattter Ultra-Violet Instrument/2
SEM (POES) - Space Environment Monitor
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