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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - NOAA-11 -
Full Name National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 11 Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NOAA Launch Date 24 Sep 1988
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 30 Sep 2004
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101.9 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 99.1 deg
Orbit Altitude 845 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 22:37 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.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields HIRS/2, TOVS (HIRS/2 + MSU + SSU)
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature AVHRR/2, HIRS/2, TOVS (HIRS/2 + MSU + SSU)
Liquid water and precipitation rate MSU
Ozone HIRS/2, SBUV/2
Radiation budget AVHRR/2, HIRS/2, SBUV/2, TOVS (HIRS/2 + MSU + SSU)
Trace gases (excluding ozone) HIRS/2, TOVS (HIRS/2 + MSU + SSU)
Atmospheric Temperature Fields HIRS/2, MSU, SSU, TOVS (HIRS/2 + MSU + SSU)
LandVegetation AVHRR/2
Surface temperature (land) HIRS/2
Multi-purpose imagery (land) AVHRR/2
OceanSurface temperature (ocean) AVHRR/2
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth AVHRR/2
Mission Instruments
ARGOS-3 - ARGOS-3
AVHRR/2 - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer/2
HIRS/2 - High Resolution Infra-red Sounder/2
MSU - Microwave Sounding Unit
NOAA Comms - Communications package for NOAA
S&R (NOAA) - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking
SBUV/2 - Solar Backscattter Ultra-Violet Instrument/2
SSU - Stratospheric Sounding Unit
TOVS (HIRS/2 + MSU + SSU) - TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder
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