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Satellite details
Acronym ATS-6
Full name Application Technology Satellite - 6
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 3rd (last) flight unit of the ATS programme (considering that ATS-2, ATS-4 and ATS-5 failed to achieve the orbit).
  • Main mission (tlc mission not included): cloud observation.
Mass at launch 1900 kg Dry mass 930 kg
Power 645 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available to NOAA in real time.
Orbit Geostationary orbit Altitude 35786 km
Longitude 94° W


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Moved to 35°E (Indian Ocean) in 1975-1976; to 140°W since end 1976.
Launch 30 Apr 1974 EOL 03 Aug 1979
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-6

Acronym Full name
VHRR Very High Resolution Radiometer
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