BackForward Satellite: NOAA-3 

Satellite details
Acronym NOAA-3
Full name National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 3
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 4th flight unit of the NOAA/ITOS programme.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery and temperature profiling.
  • Significant contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 340 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Selected global data available from NOAA.
  • Real-time availability of images in full resolution (by HRPT) and reduced resolution (by modified APT).
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 1500 km
ECT 14:30 asc


Space agency NOAANASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 06 Nov 1973 EOL 31 Aug 1976
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on NOAA-3

Acronym Full name
SPM Solar Proton Monitor
SR Scanning Radiometer
VHRR Very High Resolution Radiometer (in LEO)
VTPR Vertical Temperature Profile Radiometer
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