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Goes 08

Also known as Goes I


Designation 23051 / 94022A
Launch date 13 Apr 1994
Country of origin United States
Mission Meteorology
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Atlas Centaur


Begin End Position
L: 13 Apr 1994 1995 90°W
1995 Apr 2003 75°W
Oct 2003 May 2004 165°E, standby mode

End of life

Out of service May 2004
Cause Moved to the junk orbit

On board were instruments for high resolution visible and UV imagers, and "sounders" for temperature and moisture profiles. Also on board were energetic particle detectors and a magnetometer.

The satellite experienced loss of attitude control on 9 Jan 1997. One of the two momentum wheels was lost due to a tachometer failure. Goes 8 is now using its functioning momentum wheel in concert with the reaction wheel to maintain attitude control.

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