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Satellite details
Acronym NOAA-12
Full name National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 12
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 8th flight unit of the NOAA 4th generation programme, 5th of the ATN series.
  • Main mission: operational meteorology.
  • Significant contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 1420 kg Dry mass 740 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Selected global data available from NOAA.
  • Real-time data available by HRPT (full information) or by APT (reduced image resolution) or by the beacon (low-bit-rate data).
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 804 km
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Space agency NOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 14 May 1991 EOL 10 Aug 2007
Last update: 2020-03-23
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on NOAA-12

Acronym Full name
Argos Argos Data Collection System
AVHRR/2 Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer / 2
HIRS/2 High-resolution Infra Red Sounder / 2
MSU Microwave Sounding Unit
SEM/MEPED SEM / Medium energy proton detector
SEM/TED SEM / Total Energy Detector
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