NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive Header




NOAA 8 was a third-generation operational meteorological satellite for use in the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) of NOAA. NOAA 8 was the first spacecraft of the advanced TIROS-N (ATN) series. The satellite design provided an economical and stable sun-synchronous platform for advanced operational instruments to measure the earth's atmosphere, its surface and cloud cover, and the near-space environment. Primary sensors included an advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) and a TIROS operational vertical sounder (TOVS). Secondary experiments consisted of a space environment monitor (SEM) and a data collection and platform location system (DCPLS). A search and rescue satellite aided tracking (SARSAT) system was also included on NOAA 8. The satellite was based upon the Block 5D spacecraft bus developed for the U.S. Air Force, and it was capable of maintaining an earth-pointing accuracy of better than plus or minus 0.1 deg with a motion rate of less than 0.035 deg/s. Although designed for a 2-year life span, NOAA 8 experienced a premature failure in June 1984.

Alternate Names

  • 13923
  • NOAA-E
  • NOAA8

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1983-03-28
Launch Vehicle: Atlas E
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 1030 kg

Funding Agencies

  • NOAA National Environmental Satellite Service (United States)
  • NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)


  • Communications
  • Space Physics
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. James R. GreavesProgram ManagerNASA
Mr. Gerald W. LonganeckerProject ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Joel SusskindProject ScientistNASA Goddard Space Flight
[] NASA Logo -