NOAA satellite launch 20 years ago marked start of new era
11 May 2018
Sunday 13 May, marks the 20th anniversary of the start of a new era in meteorological satellite observations.
On 13 May 1998, the NOAA-15 satellite was launched at 8.52 p.m. Pacific time from Vandenberg Air Base in California, beginning the ATOVS series of satellite observations that continues to this day.
Subsequent launches included NOAA-16 through to 20 and the European Metop satellites as well as similar instruments on Chinese, US Department of Defence and Russian satellites.
Image credit: NASA - Artist's impression of NOAA-17, which was launched four years after NOAA-15.