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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - ESSA-3 -
Full Name Environmental Science and Services Administration - 3 Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 02 Oct 1966
Mission Links EOL Date 02 Dec 1968
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 2435 (TLE)
International Designator 1966-087A
Orbit Type Orbit Period
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination
Orbit Altitude Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications ESSA-3 satellite replaced ESSA-1. It provided cloud-cover photography to the US's National Meteorological Center for the purpose of preparing weather analyses and forecasts. The spacecraft was designed and configured exactly the same as NIMBUS-1. The total weight of the spacecraft was 912 pounds.
Mission Measurements
Mission Instruments
AVCS - Advanced Vidicon Camera System
FPR - Flat Plate Radiometer
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