NOAA-6 was launched in June 1979 and was a third generation
operational meteorological satellite for use in the National
Operational Environmental Satellite System (NOESS) and for the support
of the ... Global Atmospheric Research Program (GARP) during 1978-84. The
satellite design provided an economical and stable sun-synchronous
platform for advanced operational instruments to measure the earth's
atmosphere, its surface and cloud cover, and the near-space
environment. The satellite was based upon the Block 5D spacecraft bus
developed for the U.S. Air Force, and it was capable of maintaining an
earth-pointing accuracy of better than plus or minus 0.1 degree with a
motion rate of less than 0.035 degree/second.
Primary sensors included an Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
(AVHRR) and a TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS). Secondary
experiments consisted of a Space Environment Monitor (SEM) and a Data
Collection and Platform Location System (DCPLS). In early 1984, only
one to two NOAA-6 passes were taken per day due to priorities for
NOAA-7 and 8 data. However, when NOAA-8 failed in late June 1984,
NOAA-6 was returned to full operational status to continue to provide
morning orbit operational data.
Taken from the NSSDC System for Information Retrieval and Storage (SIRS). For
more information contact the NSSDC Coordinated Request and User Support Office,
301-286-6695 (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 933.4, Greenbelt, Maryland
20771, USA, http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/).