NOAA satellite set for launch


  • Anonymous


The latest in a series of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) meteorological satellites is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on December 1, 1984. High surface winds delayed the launch from the originally scheduled date of November 8. The 1712-kg satellite, the NOAA-F, is to be launched to an altitude of approximately 870 km into a circular near-polar orbit. The satellite is the sixth in the current series of 11 NOAA satellites that collect meteorological readings and transmit the data to ground stations for local weather analysis and forecasting.