|Mission duration||2 years (planned)|
868 days (achieved)
|Launch mass||734 kg (1,618 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||13 October 1978,|
|Launch site||Vandenberg Air Force Base|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||27 February 1981|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Perigee altitude||829 km (515 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||845 km (525 mi)|
TIROS-N satellite is the first of the TIROS-N series. It is a weather satellite launched on 13 October 1978. It was designed to become operational during 2 years. Its mass is 734 kilograms. Its perigee to Earth is 829 kilometers. Its apogee is 845 kilometers away from Earth. Its inclination is 98.70°. It was managed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); designed and launched by NASA. The spacecraft was 3-axis stabilized. TIROS-N was operated for 868 days until deactivated by NOAA on 27 February 1981.
Gallery of cyclones captured by this satellite
Typhoon Tip (14 October 1979) 2 days after reaching peak intensity.
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