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ARGOS Data Collection System (DCS-2)

NSSDCA ID: 1998-030A-08

Mission Name: NOAA 15


The ARGOS Data Collection System (DCS-2) on the Advanced TIROS-N (ATN) NOAA K-N series of polar orbiting meteorological satellites is a random-access system for the collection of meteorological data from in situ platforms (moveable and fixed). The ARGOS DCS-2 collects telemetry data using a one-way RF link from data collection platforms (such as buoys, free-floating balloons and remote weather stations) and processes the inputs for on-board storage and later transmission from the spacecraft. For free-floating platforms, the DCS-2 system determines the position to within 5 to 8 km RMS and velocity to an accuracy of 1 to 1.6 mps RMS. The DCS-2 measures the in-coming signal frequency and time. The formatted data are stored on the satellite for transmission to NOAA stations. The DCS-2 data is stripped from the GAC data by NOAA/NESDIS and sent to the ARGOS center at CNES in France for processing, distribution to users, and archival.

Alternate Names

  • DCS-2
  • NOAA15/DCS-2

Facts in Brief

Mass: 20 kg
Power (avg): 29.3 W

Funding Agencies

  • Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (France)
  • NOAA National Environmental Satellite Service (United States)


  • Engineering: None assigned

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



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