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Computer-generated image of NOAA-18 in orbit
|Mission type||Weather satellite|
|Mission duration||2 years|
|Launch mass||1,457 kilograms (3,212 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||20 May 2005, 10:22:01UTC|
|Rocket||Delta II 7320-10C|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-2W|
|Semi-major axis||7,230.65 kilometers (4,492.92 mi)|
|Perigee||849 kilometers (528 mi)|
|Apogee||870 kilometers (540 mi)|
|Epoch||7 March 2014, 12:06:14 UTC|
NOAA-18, known before launch as NOAA-N, is a weather forecasting satellite run by NOAA. NOAA-N (18) was launched on May 20, 2005, into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 854 km above the Earth, with an orbital period of 102 minutes. It hosts the AMSU-A, MHS, AVHRR and High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) instruments, as well as the SBUV/2 ozone-monitoring instrument. It is the first NOAA POES satellite to use MHS in place of AMSU-B.
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