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MEGHA-TROPIQUES

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MEGHA-TROPIQUES is classified as:


NORAD ID: 37838
Int'l Code: 2011-058A
Perigee: 860.8 km
Apogee: 874.4 km
Inclination: 20.0 °
Period: 102.2 minutes
Semi major axis: 7238 km
RCS: 5.2502 m2 (large)
Launch date: October 12, 2011
Source: India (IND)
Launch site: SRIHARIKOTA (SRI)

MEGHA-TROPIQUES is a climate research mission to track tropical cyclones, monsoons and storm systems for at least three years. Embarking on an international research mission, Megha-Tropiques has four instruments designed to probe the structure of the atmosphere, measure temperature and water vapor, and study the Earth's radiation budget. India built the spacecraft, provided the launch and contributed to two instruments. France supplied the satellite's water vapor profiling sensor and the radiation detector. The satellite orbits about 538 miles (866 km) above Earth, crisscrossing the equator to cover an area stretching between 20 degrees north and south latitude.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 37838U 11058A   20223.15770505 +.00000227 +00000-0 -20681-4 0  9996
2 37838 019.9775 047.8728 0009352 072.6944 287.4483 14.09677151388327
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC