Gallery I - NOAA 14 Images

NOAA 14 was the back-up satellite to NOAA 13 which failed not long after launch due to a battery assembly failure. It operated till well after its design life but finally ceased sending useful images at the end of July 2002 when its AVHRR synchronisation failed. The first of these images is the earliest one I have archived, whilst that on 29th. July 2002 is the very last complete image I received. The AVHRR failure, due to a fault in the scan motor bearings, led to scrambled images and APT was finally turned off a few months later to avoid conflict with NOAA 17. HRPT is no longer available either as the AVHRR has been turned off completely, although other onboard instrumentation continues to work well. These images are all from northbound, afternoon passes.

4th. October
1995
8th. June
1996
10th. October
1996
26th. June
1998
19th. April
2001
29th. July
2002

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Gallery II - Meteor Pictures from the Archives

Most of the text on other pages cited NOAA satellites, so I thought I should include some pictures from the Russian Meteor series. The radiometer on these was designed to highlight cloud patterns, consequently unless lighting is rather favourable, land outlines are not often seen but very fine rendering of clouds is often obtained, better perhaps than NOAA satellites. The first image is from MET2/21 which is still functional though not giving good imagery; the remainder are from MET3/5. These satellites are not in sun synchronous orbits but being higher than the NOAA series, have a larger field of view. The final image shows an unedited grey scale & data bars. Sadly Meteor 3/5 has now ceased imaging and for the present, no more Meteor satellites carrying APT are expected.

30th. August
1996
15h. August
1996
6th. February
1997
20th. February
1997
25th. April
1998
6th. May
1998