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Weather and Geoestationary Satellites
As its name says, are satellites whose main objective is to provide data and images of the displacement of masses of air, temperature, wind, etc.. In this category can be found the GOES and Meteosat geostationary satellites in addition to the satellites of NOAA series. The weather satellites are the most important tool to weather forecast.
Satellite Launch Norad Incl.
degrees
Apogee
Km
Perigee
Km
Period
min
Options
NOAA 15199825338U99813798101Tracking
METEOSAT-8 (MSG-1)200227509U535790357811436Tracking
NOAA 18200528654U99862840102Tracking
METEOSAT-9 (MSG-2)200528912U335787357841436Tracking
HIMAWARI-7 (MTSAT-2)200628937U035804357711436Tracking
FORMOSAT-3 FM6200629047U72834759101Tracking
FORMOSAT-3 FM1200629048U72828765101Tracking
FORMOSAT-3 FM5200629049U72822770101Tracking
FORMOSAT-3 FM3200629050U7273366199Tracking
FORMOSAT-3 FM4200629051U72844748101Tracking
FORMOSAT-3 FM2200629052U72825767101Tracking
GOES 13200629155U035818357501436Tracking
METOP-A200629499U99821819101Tracking
FENGYUN 2D200629640U535813357631436Tracking
FENGYUN 3A200832958U98832820101Tracking
FENGYUN 2E200833463U335805357701436Tracking
NOAA 19200933591U99861842102Tracking
GOES 14200935491U035812357601436Tracking
METEOR-M 1200935865U98820816101Tracking
GOES 15201036411U035791357881436Tracking
COMS 1201036744U035791357831436Tracking
FENGYUN 3B201037214U99851827102Tracking
SUOMI NPP201137849U99828826101Tracking
FENGYUN 2F201238049U235803357661436Tracking
METEOSAT-10 (MSG-3)201238552U135792357771436Tracking
METOP-B201238771U99820820101Tracking
FENGYUN 3C201339260U99848831102Tracking
METEOR-M 2201440069U99826820101Tracking
HIMAWARI-8201440267U035790357831436Tracking
FENGYUN 2G201440367U035793357801436Tracking
METEOSAT-11 (MSG-4)201540732U135795357811436Tracking
ELEKTRO-L 2201541105U035792357811436Tracking
HIMAWARI-9201641836U035789357831436Tracking
GOES 16201641866U035788357841436Tracking
FENGYUN 4A201641882U035820357521436Tracking
CYGFM05201641884U3553551395Tracking
CYGFM04201641885U3553251295Tracking
CYGFM02201641886U3553251295Tracking
CYGFM01201641887U3553551395Tracking
CYGFM08201641888U3553451295Tracking
CYGFM06201641889U3553251295Tracking
CYGFM07201641890U3553151395Tracking
CYGFM03201641891U3553151395Tracking
FENGYUN 3D201743010U99828825101Tracking
NOAA 20201743013U99827826101Tracking
Satellites Orbital Parameters

The table above shows the main parameters and information available for this satellite.

Satellite: This column shows the name of the object in orbit. In some cases the official name ends with the words R/B, meaning that it is a piece or any stage from some rocket booster.

Norad: North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Air Defence Command of the United States, responsible for the catalogue of objects in orbit. The number indicates the record of the satellite in the Norad archives.

Inclination: Angle formed between the orbit of the satellite and terrestrial line of the equator. Satellites with inclination of 0 degrees follow the equator line and are called equatorial orbit satellites. When the inclination is 90 degrees its orbit crosses the terrestrial poles and are called polar orbiting satellites. When the inclination is less or equal latitude of the place of observation, the satellite be seen directly if conditions permit.

Apogee: Maximum distance that the object is far from the center of the Earth.

Perigee: Highest approchement between the object and the center of the Earth. The figures shown already discounting the radius of the Earth, 6378 Km. One Perigee value equal to the value of Apogee indicates a circular orbit satellite.

Period: Value in minutes that a satellite takes to complete one orbit of perigee to perigee. Satellites in polar orbit, positioned at 800 km in altitude will take approximately 102 minutes to complete one revolution. The International Space Station, 350 km above the surface, completes its orbit in 90 minutes.

The lower the altitude of a satellite, more speed he needs to keep in orbit and not re-enters the atmosphere.

Geostationary satellites have a period of approximately 1436 minutes with inclination of 0 degrees (equatorial orbit). Because this is the same time it takes Earth to complete one turn on its axis, geostationary satellites appear static on the same geographic point. To this happens the satellite should be positioned about 36 thousand kilometers in altitude.

Note and Frequency: Filled with additional information where possible. The frequencies shown, when provided, are those captured by enthusiasts or informed by the official organizations of disclosure.

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