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TIROS 3

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TIROS 3 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 162
Int'l Code: 1961-017A
Perigee: 718.9 km
Apogee: 781.5 km
Inclination: 47.9 °
Period: 99.7 minutes
Semi major axis: 7121 km
RCS: 0.8364 m2 (medium)
Launch date: July 12, 1961
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE EASTERN TEST RANGE (AFETR)

TIROS 3 (Television and InfraRed Observation Satellite) was a spin-stabilized meteorological spacecraft designed to test experimental television techniques and infrared equipment. The satellite was in the form of an 18-sided right prism, 107 cm in diameter and 56 cm high. The top and sides of the spacecraft were covered with approximately 9000 1- by 2-cm silicon solar cells. TIROS 3 was equipped with two independent television camera subsystems for taking cloudcover pictures, plus a two-channel low-resolution radiometer, an omnidirectional radiometer, and a five-channel infrared scanning radiometer. All three radiometers were used for measuring radiation from the earth and its atmosphere.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 00162U 61017A   24146.42303111  .00000236  00000-0  11347-3 0  9996
2 00162  47.8977 191.4136 0043922  33.4458 326.9195 14.44680640282908
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC