On April 13, 1969, NASA launched a new weather satellite named Nimbas-3 threw the It was the third in a series of second-generation research and development satellites that NASA launched to test new technologies for weather forecasting.
Designing a new weather satellite
Successful mission of satellites Tyros, paved the way for the start of the Nimbas space program. This program formed the basis of joint cooperation between NASA and NOA in the field of designing and building weather satellites.
Nimbus 3 was launched in 1969 and was a very successful example of the Nimbus space program.
In the following decades, NASA provided the basis for the ever-increasing advancement of the technology of this category of satellites by using more accurate tools in the design and construction of weather satellites and launching them into orbit.
Achievements of Nimbas-3 satellite
Nimbus-3 had an infrared spectrometer that allowed it to record temperatures throughout the atmosphere. The instrument was also able to detect electromagnetic radiation across a full range of wavelengths, helping scientists determine the structure of the atmosphere.
Nimbus-3 had cameras that provided snapshots of cloud cover. Satellite with rocket Taurus-Agna It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Station in California and entered polar orbit. Two months after launch, one of its structures failed, and after more failed, NASA terminated the mission in 1972.
This series of Nimbas satellites brought about a significant evolution in weather forecasting by collecting data on the temperature of the troposphere layer of the Earth’s atmosphere from the eastern Atlantic to much of the Pacific Ocean.