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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - NPOESS-3 -
Full Name National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System - 3 Status Cancelled
Mission Agencies NOAA Launch Date 31 Jan 2018
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 01 Jan 2025
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.75 deg
Orbit Altitude 833 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 17:30 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Meteorological, climatic, terrestrial, oceanographic, and solar-geophysical applications; global and regional environmental monitoring, search and rescue, data collection.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols OMPS, VIIRS
Atmospheric Humidity Fields ATMS, CrIS
Atmospheric Winds VIIRS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature VIIRS
Cloud particle properties and profile ATMS, VIIRS
Liquid water and precipitation rate ATMS
Ozone OMPS
Radiation budget VIIRS
Trace gases (excluding ozone) CrIS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields ATMS, CrIS, VIIRS
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements SEM-N
LandAlbedo and reflectance VIIRS
Soil moisture VIIRS
Vegetation VIIRS
Surface temperature (land) ATMS, VIIRS
Multi-purpose imagery (land) VIIRS
OceanOcean colour/biology VIIRS
Ocean surface winds ATMS
Surface temperature (ocean) VIIRS
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) VIIRS
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth VIIRS
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness ATMS, VIIRS
Mission Instruments
ARGOS-4 - ARGOS-4
ATMS - Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder
CrIS - Cross-track Infrared Sounder
OMPS - Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
SARSAT - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking
SEM-N - Space Environment Monitor - NPOESS
VIIRS - Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite
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