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SMS (Synchronous Meteorological Satellite)





SMS-2
SMS-2 atop its Delta launch vehicle
Weather satellites in geostationary orbit, managed by NASA for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). SMS-1 and -2 were development satellites leading up to the GOES (Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite) program; in fact, SMS 3 became operational as GOES-1.

All the launches took place from Cape Canaveral using Delta 2914 rockets.


spacecraft launch date orbit mass (kg)
SMS 1 May 17, 1974 36,216 × 36,303 km × 15.5° 243
SMS 2 Feb. 6, 1975 35,941 × 36,060 × 12.0°
627
SMS 3 (GOES-1) Oct.16, 1975 GSO at 135° W 627


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