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GOES 12

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GOES 12 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 26871
Int'l Code: 2001-031A
Perigee: 36,086.2 km
Apogee: 36,142.1 km
Inclination: 7.7 °
Period: 1,452.5 minutes
Semi major axis: 42485 km
RCS: 12.8777 m2 (large)
Launch date: July 23, 2001
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE EASTERN TEST RANGE (AFETR)

GOES 12 is an American geosynchronous weather satellite that was launched by an Atlas 2A rocket from Cape Canaveral at 07:23 UT on 23 July 2001. The spacecraft carries an IR imager, a "sounder", and an X-ray imager. The IR imager is a Cassegrain telescope covering five wavelength channels, 0.55-0.75, 3.80-4.00, 6.50-7.00, 10.20-11.20, and 11.50-12.50 microns. It can provide images covering 3,000 km x 3,000 km every 41 seconds, by scanning the area in 16 square kilometer sections.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 26871U 01031A   19235.34831528 -.00000253  00000-0  00000+0 0  9993
2 26871   7.7167  54.6280 0006575 258.4794 106.4725  0.99139669 66055
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC