NOAA-10 (ATN series) was launched on September 17, 1986 and is a
third-generation operational meteorological satellite. The satellite
design provides an economical and stable sun-synchronous ... platform. This
platform enables the satellite to carry advanced operational instruments
that 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), (3)
Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE), and (4) a Solar Backscatter
Ultraviolet Spectrometer (SBUV/2). Secondary experiments consist of a
Space Environment Monitor (SEM), and a Data Collection System (DCS). A
Search and Rescue (SAR) system is also carried on NOAA-10.
Orbital Period: 101.50 m
Inclination: 98.59 degrees Eccentricity: 0.00256
Periapsis: 833.00 km Apoapsis: 870.00 km
For more information about the NOAA POES satellite series link to the
To view a 3D orbit, observe the J track satellite tracking web page:
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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, https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/).