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Mission typeWeather
COSPAR ID1983-022A
SATCAT no.13923
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerGE Astrospace
Launch mass3,130 lb (1,420 kg)
Dry mass1,630 lb (740 kg)
Start of mission
Launch dateMarch 28, 1983 15:52 (1983-03-28UTC15:52Z) UTC
RocketAtlas-E Star-37S-ISS
Launch siteVandenberg SLC-3W
End of mission
Last contactDecember 29, 1985 (December 29, 1985)[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Semi-major axis7,174 kilometers (4,458 mi)[2]
Perigee altitude813.3 kilometers (505.4 mi)[2]
Apogee altitude793.1 kilometers (492.8 mi)[2]
Period100.8 minutes[2]
Epoch16 May 2020[2]
Advanced TIROS-N

NOAA-8, also known as NOAA-E, was a U.S. weather satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for use in the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS). It was first of the Advanced TIROS-N series of satellites.[3]

NOAA-8 was launched on an Atlas E rocket on March 28, 1983 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.[4] The last contact occurred on December 29, 1985,[5] following a power failure caused by thermal runaway of its battery system.[6]



  • Argos (ARGOS Data Collection System)
  • AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer)
  • HIRS/2 (High-resolution InfraRed Sounder/2)
  • MSU (Microwave Sounding Unit)
  • S&RSAT (Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System)
  • SSU (Stratospheric Sounding Unit)
  • SEM/MEPED (SEM/Medium energy proton detector)
  • SEM/TED (SEM/Total Energy Detector)[5]


  1. ^ World Meteorological Organization (July 28, 2015). "Satellite: NOAA-8". WMO OSCAR. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "NOAA 8". Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  3. ^ a b NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center. "NOAA-8". NSSDCA. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Herbert J. Kramer (2002). Observation of the Earth and Its Environment: Survey of Missions and Sensors. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 739–. ISBN 978-3-540-42388-1.
  5. ^ a b "Satellite: NOAA-8". World Meteorological Organization. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Bill Sweetman; Kimberley Ebner (June 1, 2007). Jane's Space Systems and Industry. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2813-8.
  7. ^ a b United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1991). NASA Pocket Statistics. NASA.

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