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NOAA-16 before launch
|Mission type||Weather satellite|
|Mission duration||2 years planned
14 years achieved
|Launch mass||1,457 kilograms (3,212 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||21 September 2000, 10:22UTC|
|Rocket||Titan II(23)G Star-37XFP-ISS|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-4W|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||9 June 2014|
|Semi-major axis||7,226.86 kilometers (4,490.56 mi)|
|Perigee||848 kilometers (527 mi)|
|Apogee||862 kilometers (536 mi)|
|Epoch||24 January 2015, 11:59:04 UTC|
NOAA-16, designated NOAA-L before launch, is one of the NASA-provided TIROS series of weather forecasting satellites operated by NOAA. It was launched on 21 September 2000, in a sun-synchronous orbit, 849 km above the Earth, orbiting every 102 minutes. It hosts the AMSU, AVHRR and High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) instruments' APT transmitter. NOAA-16 has the same suite of instruments as carried by NOAA-15 plus an SBUV/2 instrument as well.
NOAA-16 was decommissioned 9 June 2014 after a critical anomaly. On 25 November 2015 at 0816z the JSpOC identified a possible breakup of NOAA 16 (#26536). All associated objects have been added to conjunction assessment screenings, and satellite operators will be notified of close approaches between the debris and active satellites. The JSpOC will catalog the debris objects as soon as sufficient data is available.
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