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The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) is a broad-band, four or five channel (depending on the model) scanner, sensing in the visible, near-infrared, and thermal infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This sensor is carried on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites (POES), beginning with TIROS-N in 1978. ESA acquires and archives the 1km resolution AVHRR data over Europe.

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The distribution of the data acquired by NOAA is governed by the ESA Data Policy. Starting from 2010 only archive data is available.

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Operators NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Date of Launch NOAA-N (NOAA-18): 20 May 2005

NOAA-19: 6 Feb 2009

Status Operational
Orbit Height 833±19 km or 870±19 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous circular, PM orbit
Repeat Cycle daily
Resolution 1 km
Swath Width 2900 km
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer)