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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
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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