Delta II | NOAA 18

Delta II | NOAA 18

Space Launch Complex 2W
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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NOAA 18

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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Delta II 7320-10C


Height 38.90 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 0 kN

Diameter 2.44 Meters

Mass To LEO 2800 kg

Liftoff Mass 168 Tonnes


Launch Success 6

Consecutive Success 6

Maiden Flight Unknown

Launch Failures 0


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