SMS mast

The SMS Program

The success of the meteorological experiments carried aboard the ATS-1 and -3 satellites led to NASA's development of a satellite specifically designed to make atmospheric observations. SMS-1 and SMS-2, operational prototypes, were launched in 1974 and 1975. SMS-1 and -2, and GOES-1, -2, and -3 were essentially identical. SMSThey carried instrumentation for visible and international remote imaging, collection of data from automated remote platforms, relay of weather products (WEFAX), and measurement of a number of characteristics of the near space environment. For more information, please visit GOES.

VISSR Picture Telescope onboard SMS-I, Visible Infrared Spin-Scan Radiometer, provides infrared and high-resolution visible photography.

SMS missions

1968 - 1977

Photo: Composite photograph illustrates the on-station position of SMS.

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Responsible NASA Official: Sharron Sample
Curator: SAIC Information Services
Date: 5/12/99