THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - OLS -
Full Name Operational Linescan System Status Operational
Instrument Agencies NOAA, DoD (USA) Maturity High Heritage - Operational
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Conical scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Day and night cloud cover imagery.
Resolution Summary 0.56 km (fine), 5.4 km (stereo products)
[Best Resolution: 560m]
Swath Summary 3000 km
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary VIS - NIR: 0.4 - 1.1 µm, TIR: 10.0 - 13.4 µm, and 0.47 - 0.95 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsCloud base height 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud type 
Cloud cover 
Cloud top height 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
Instrument Missions
DMSP F-8 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-8 (1987 - 2004)
DMSP F-9 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-9 (1988 - 1991)
DMSP F-10 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-10 (1990 - 1993)
DMSP F-11 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-11 (1991 - 1991)
DMSP F-12 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-12 (1994 - 2004)
DMSP F-13 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-13 (1997 - 2008)
DMSP F-14 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-14 (1997 - 2016)
DMSP F-15 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-15 (1999 - 2016)
DMSP F-16 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-16 (2003 - 2016)
DMSP F-17 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-17 (2006 - 2016)
DMSP F-18 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-18 (2009 - 2016)
DMSP F-19 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-19 (2014 - 2016)
DMSP F-20 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-20 (2020 - 2025)
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