United States Air Force
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.
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Space Launch Complex 2W
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
714 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.
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.
United States Air Force – USAF
- Type: Government
- Abbreviation: USAF
- Country: USA