NOAA-15

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NOAA-15
NOAA-M-01.jpg
Artist's impression of NOAA-15 in orbit
Mission type Weather satellite
Operator NOAA
COSPAR ID 1998-030A
SATCAT no. 25338
Mission duration 2 years[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type TIROS-N
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Launch mass 1,457 kilograms (3,212 lb)[2]
Power 830 watts[3]
Start of mission
Launch date May 13, 1998, 15:52:04 (1998-05-13UTC15:52:04Z) UTC[4]
Rocket Titan II(23)G Star-37XFP-ISS
Launch site Vandenberg SLC-4W
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Semi-major axis 7,184.62 kilometers (4,464.32 mi)[5]
Eccentricity 0.001007[5]
Perigee 804.6 kilometers (500.0 mi)[5]
Apogee 821.0 kilometers (510.1 mi)[5]
Inclination 98.80 degrees[5]
Period 101.01 minutes[5]
Epoch January 24, 2015, 13:51:02 UTC[5]
← NOAA-14
NOAA-16 →

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).[6]

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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "NOAA 15, 16, 17 (NOAA K, L, M)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "NOAA 15". National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "UCS Satellite Database". Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "NOAA 15 Satellite details 1998-030A NORAD 25338". N2YO. January 24, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "NOAA-N Prime" (PDF). NP-2008-10-056-GSFC. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. December 16, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
  7. ^ NOAA 15 Spacecraft Status Summary Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.