BackForward Satellite: ATS-3 

Satellite details
Acronym ATS-3
Full name Application Technology Satellite - 3
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 2nd flight unit of the ATS programme (not considering ATS-2, failed to achieve the orbit).
  • Main mission (tlc mission not included): cloud observation.
Mass at launch 700 kg Dry mass 365 kg
Power 175 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available to NOAA in real time.
Orbit Geostationary orbit Altitude 35786 km
Longitude 45° W


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Moved to 100°W in 1968-1970; to 69°W in 1971-1976; to 105°W since 1977.
Launch 06 Nov 1967 EOL 01 Dec 1978
Last update: 2015-07-27
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on ATS-3

Acronym Full name
MSSCC Multi-color Spin Scan Cloud Camera
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite Field of View

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