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NOAA 18

Delta II

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission

NOAA 18

Type: Earth Science

NOAA-18, known before launch as NOAA-N, is a weather forecasting satellite run by NOAA. NOAA-N (18) was launched on May 20, 2005, into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 854 km above the Earth, with an orbital period of 102 minutes. It hosts the AMSU-A, MHS, AVHRR, Space Environment Monitor SEM/2 instrument and High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) instruments, as well as the SBUV/2 ozone-monitoring instrument. It is the first NOAA POES satellite to use MHS in place of AMSU-B. NOAA-18 also hosts Cospas-Sarsat payloads.

Location

Space Launch Complex 2W

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

698 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 2W, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Delta II 7320-10C – United Launch Alliance

Family: Delta
Length: 38.9 m
Diameter: 2.44 m
Launch Mass: 168 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 2800 kg

The Delta II 7320-10C was manufactured by United Launch Alliance with the first launch on . Delta II 7320-10C has 6 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 6 launches. Delta II is an American space launch system developed by McDonnell Douglas, now part of the Delta rocket family operated by United Launch Alliance. With more than 150 missions and a nearly perfect track record, Delta II has established itself as one of the most successful orbital launch systems.

Agency

United States Air Force

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USAF

Country: USA

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