Russia: ScanEx RDC started to receive NOAA-19 meteo data in test mode to its own small-aperture station ‘Alice-SC’. NOAA-19 meteo satellite was put into orbit on February 6 from the Vandenberg air-force base (California) launch pad on Delta-2 carrier vehicle.
The satellite was successfully put into the operational sun-synchronous orbit of 866×858 km of altitude and inclination of 98.7 degrees. Optical scanners and VHF sensors data will be used for weather forecasts, as well as for monitoring of changes in climate. Besides, the satellite can receive and relay distress signals from water and land surfaces at long ranges through SARSAT system.