The Goddard Space Flight Center built the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) on which the first ERBE instruments were launched by the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984. ERBE instruments were also launched on two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather monitoring satellites, NOAA 9 and NOAA 10 in 1984 and 1986. The purpose was to develop a new generation of instrumentation to make accurate regional and global measurements of the components of the radiation budget.
National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds). Last modified 16 Dec 2013. "The Climate Data Guide: Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE): 1985-89." Retrieved from https://climatedataguide.ucar.edu/climate-data/earth-radiation-budget-experiment-erbe-1985-89.