Tiros 2

USA



Launch data

Designation00063 / 1960 Pi1 / 60016A
Launch date23 Nov 1960 - 11:13:03 UT
Launch siteCC, LC17A
Launch vehicle Delta-DM19 (#245/D3)
Mission Meteorology
Earth orbit on Nov 23, 1960 (.5):
Perigee / Apogee 619 x 732 km
Eccentricity 0.008
Inclination 48.5 deg
Period 98.20 min
Earth orbit on May 28, 2000 (.57):
Perigee / Apogee 530 x 585 km
Eccentricity 0.004
Inclination 48.53°
Period 95.60 min


Making adjustments to TIROS II satellite prior to launch. Small square objects are 9,260 solar cells. TIROS II was the first meteorological satellite to have infra-red sensors as well as television cameras.

Spacecraft data:

Prime manufactor 
Platform 
Operator 
Mass at launch  130 kg
Dry Mass  kg
Basic shape  Cylinder
Dimension (m) 0.48 long, 1.07 dia
Equipment 
Solar array 
Stabilization  
Propulsion 
DC power  
Design lifetime  60 yrs

End of live:

Re-entered date:  18 May 2014 (.2)
Lifetime: 


Ref: #1, #2, #3(SD499), #7, #206, #228, #237 - update: 16.01.14