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NOAA-11 (ATN series) was launched on September 24, 1988 and is a
third-generation operational meteorological satellite for use in the
National Operational Environmental Satellite System (NOESS). The ... satellite design provides an economical and stable sun-synchronous
platform. This platform enables the satellite to carry advanced
operational instruments to measure the earth's atmosphere, its surface
and cloud cover, and the near-space environment. The satellite is based
upon the Block 5D spacecraft bus developed for the U.S. Air Force, and
is 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 include (1) an Advanced Very High Resolution
Radiometer (AVHRR), (2) TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS), and
(3) a Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectrometer (SBUV/2). The
secondary experiment is a Data Collection System (DCS). A Search and
Rescue (SAR) system is also carried on NOAA-11.
Orbital Period: 101.50 m
Inclination: 99.00 degrees Eccentricity: 0.00256
Periapsis: 833.00 km Apoapsis: 870.00 km
To view a 3D orbit, observe the J track satellite tracking web page:
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/).