THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - NOAA-8 -
Full Name National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 8 Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NOAA Launch Date 28 Mar 1983
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 29 Dec 1985
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 13923 (TLE)
International Designator 1983-022A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101.9 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.9 deg
Orbit Altitude 850 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 0.5 days
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.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields HIRS/2
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature HIRS/2
Liquid water and precipitation rate MSU
Ozone HIRS/2
Radiation budget HIRS/2
Trace gases (excluding ozone) HIRS/2
Atmospheric Temperature Fields HIRS/2, MSU, SSU
LandSurface temperature (land) HIRS/2
OceanSurface temperature (ocean) AVHRR/1
Mission Instruments
Argos - Argos
AVHRR/1 - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer /1
HIRS/2 - High Resolution Infra-red Sounder/2
MSU - Microwave Sounding Unit
S&R (NOAA) - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking
SEM/MEPED - Medium Energy Proton Detector
SEM/TED - Total Energy Detector
SSU - Stratospheric Sounding Unit
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 61 )
AMSU/MSU Lowstratosphere Day/Month Temperature Anomalies and Annual Cycle V6
AMSU/MSU Lowtroposphere Day/Month Temperature Anomalies and Annual Cycle V6
AMSU/MSU Midtroposphere Day/Month Temperature Anomalies and Annual Cycle V6
AMSU/MSU Tropopause Day/Month Temperature Anomalies and Annual Cycle V6
AVHRR data from Eurimage
AVHRR Leads-ARI Polar Gridded Brightness Temperatures, Version 1
AVHRR Level-1B Local Area Coverage Imagery
Bi-Weekly and Monthly Mean SST Archive and Accumulation Files from the NOAA TIROS/N Satellite Series
CEOS Cal Val Test Site - Algeria 3 - Pseudo-Invariant Calibration Site (PICS)
CEOS Cal Val Test Site - Algeria 5 - Pseudo-Invariant Calibration Site (PICS)

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