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Artist's impression of NOAA-15 in orbit
|Mission type||Weather satellite|
|Mission duration||2 years|
|Launch mass||1,457 kilograms (3,212 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||May 13, 1998, 15:52:04UTC|
|Rocket||Titan II(23)G Star-37XFP-ISS|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-4W|
|Semi-major axis||7,184.62 kilometers (4,464.32 mi)|
|Perigee altitude||804.6 kilometers (500.0 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||821.0 kilometers (510.1 mi)|
|Epoch||January 24, 2015, 13:51:02 UTC|
NOAA-15 (designated NOAA-K before launch) is one of the NASA-provided TIROS series of weather forecasting satellite run by NOAA. It was launched on May 13, 1998, and is currently operational, in a sun-synchronous orbit, 807 km above the Earth, orbiting every 101 minutes. It hosts the AMSU-A and AMSU-B instruments, the AVHRR and High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS/3) instruments, as well as a Space Environment Monitor (SEM/2). It also hosts Cospas-Sarsat payloads.
APT transmission frequency is 137.62 MHz. Due to problems with the S-band transmitter high-gain antennas, NOAA-15 has been configured for High Resolution Picture Transmission using the S-Band Transmitter #2 (1702.5 MHz) omnidirectional antenna.
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