NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations

POES Operational Status

Welcome to the Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) spacecraft status page. This site provides up to date status information on each spacecraft and its various subsystems.

Spacecraft Operational Status Status
NOAA-11, -12, -14, -16, -17 Decommissioned RED
NOAA-15 AM Secondary GREEN
NOAA-18 PM Secondary GREEN
NOAA-19 PM Primary GREEN

NOTE:  All LTAN values are valid as of April 19, 2016.


NOAA-15 Spacecraft Status Summary


Spacecraft Letter:   K International Designation:   1998 030A
Catalog Number:   25338 Launch Date:   05/13/1998
Operational Date:   12/15/1998 Operational Status:  AM Secondary
GAC:   Yes HRPT:   Yes   STX-2/MSB   1702.5 MHz
LAC:   No APT:   Yes   VTX-2   137.62 MHz
LTAN:   17:46:52 Inclination Angle:  98.5 deg
Altitude:  807km Precession Rate:  1.05 (min/month)
Period:   101.1 (minutes)  

Subsystem Status:


Subsystem Description Status
ADACS Attitude Determination and Control System Orange
AMSU-A1 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A1 Yellow
AMSU-A2 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A2 Green
AMSU-B Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit -B Red
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Yellow
CCS Command and Control System Green
COMM Communications System Yellow
DCS Data Collection System Green
DHS Data Handling System Green
DPLY Deployment Subsystem  
EPS Electrical Power System Green
FSW Flight Software  
GROUND Polar Acquisition and Command System (PACS)  
HIRS High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder Red
RCS Reaction Control Subsystem  
SARP Search and Rescue Processor Green
SARR Search and Rescue Repeater Yellow
SEM Space Environment Monitor Green
THERM Thermal Control System Yellow

NOAA-18 Spacecraft Status Summary


Spacecraft Letter:   N International Designation:  2005 018A
Catalog Number:   28654 Launch Date:   05/20/2005
Operational Date:   8/30/2005 Operational Status:  PM Secondary
GAC:   Yes HRPT:   Yes   STX-3/HSB  1707.0 MHz
LAC:   Yes APT:   Yes   VTX-2   137.9125 MHz
LTAN:   17:53:33 Inclination Angle:  98.74 deg
Altitude:  854km Precession Rate:  3.52 (min/month)
Period:   102.12 (minutes)  
Note: SBUV Chopper Mtr stalled at 0807Z on Dec 12, 2012, and the PWR On/Off Macros in CPU initiated. MHS Channel H5 LO was successfully swapped on Nov 29, 2012 to redundant LO, increasing the operating dynamic range to 68% with the Gain setting at 0dB.

Subsystem Status:


Subsystem Description Status
ADACS Attitude Determination and Control System Yellow
AMSU-A1 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit -A1 Green
AMSU-A2 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit -A2 Green
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Green
CCS Command and Control System Green
COMM Communications Green
DCS Data Collection System Green
DHS Data Handling System Green
DPLY Deployment Subsystem Green
EPS Electrical Power System Green
FSW Flight Software  
GROUND Polar Acquisition and Command System (PACS)  
HIRS High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder Red
MHS Microwave Humidity Sounder Green
RCS Reaction Control Subsystem  
SARP Search and Rescue Processor Green
SARR Search and Rescue Repeater Green
SBUV Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer Red
SEM Space Environment Monitor Green
THERM Thermal Control System Green

NOAA-19 Spacecraft Status Summary


Spacecraft Letter:   N-Prime International Designation:  2009-005-A
Catalog Number:   33591 Launch Date:   02/06/2009
Operational Date:   6/02/2009 Operational Status:  PM Primary
GAC:   Yes HRPT:   Yes   STX-1/LSB
LAC:   Yes APT:   Yes   VTX-1   137.1 MHz
LTAN:   14:36:15 Inclination Angle:  98.7 deg
Altitude:  870km Precession Rate:  0.77 (min/month)
Period:   102.14 (minutes)  
Note: HIRS filterwheel motor current increases on July 2, 2013. 12 IR channels NEdNs exceed specs, products unusable on July 8, 2013. FLT MTR was put in Hi PWR mode and FLT Wh HSG Htr was turned on July 10. NEdNs reduced. Data re-evaluation is on-going.

Subsystem Status:


Subsystem Description Status
ADACS Attitude Determination and Control System Green
A-DCS Advanced Data Collection System Green
AMSU-A1 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit -A1 Green
AMSU-A2 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit -A2 Green
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Green
CCS Command and Control System Green
COMM Communications Green
DHS Data Handling System Green
DPLY Deployment Subsystem Green
EPS Electrical Power System Green
FSW Flight Software  
GROUND Polar Acquisition and Command System (PACS)  
HIRS High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder Orange
MHS Microwave Humidity Sounder Green
RCS Reaction Control Subsystem  
SARP-3 Search and Rescue Processor - 3 Green
SARR Search and Rescue Repeater Green
SBUV Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer Green
SEM Space Environment Monitor Green
THERM Thermal Control System Green