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Satellite characteristics

Launch Date - End 9 August 1993 - 21 August 1993

Status Decommissioned

Orbit type Sun-synchronous circular

Altitude 850

Orbit inclination 98.7

Satellite family: POES (Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites)

The POES satellite system offers the advantage of daily global coverage, by making nearly polar orbits roughly 14.1 times daily.

Data from the POES series supports a broad range of environmental monitoring applications including weather analysis and forecasting, climate research and prediction, global sea surface temperature measurements, atmospheric soundings of temperature and humidity, ocean dynamics research, volcanic eruption monitoring, forest fire detection, global vegetation analysis, search and rescue, and many other applications.