NOAA 18 [NOAA]
The launch of the NOAA-N and -N' spacecraft will bring about a number of changes compared to the preceding NOAA KLM series of NOAA satellites. These changes are associated with: the substitution of the (MHS) for the AMSU-B instrument; replacement of HIRS/3 with HIRS/4 instrument.
Following instruments were carried on board:
Additionally the change to the Delta-7320-10C launch vehicle enables direct orbit insertion, so the solid rocket motor has been omitted in these two satellites.
NOAA N' was severly damaged in an factory accident in September 2003.
NOAA-18 and 19 are planned to be transferred to the USSF as EWS-P 1 and 2 when their spare status is dropped after the launch of JPSS-2 and 3.
|Type / Application:||Meteorology|
|Contractors:||Lockheed Martin Astro|
|Equipment:||AVHRR/3, ATOVS (HIRS/4, AMSU-A, MHS), SEM-2, ARGOS (DCS-2), S&RSAT|
|Power:||Deployable solar array, batteries|
|Lifetime:||2 years minimum|
|Mass:||1419 kg on orbit|
|NOAA 18 (NOAA N)||2005-018A||20.05.2005||Va SLC-2W||Delta-7320-10C|
|NOAA 19 (NOAA N')||2009-005A||06.02.2009||Va SLC-2W||Delta-7320-10C|
Further TIROS / ESSA / NOAA missions: