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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - DMSP F-8 -
Full Name Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-8 Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NOAA Launch Date 01 Jun 1987
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 30 Sep 2004
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 18123 (TLE)
International Designator 1987-053A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.7 deg
Orbit Altitude 830 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 5:55 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The long-term meteorological programme of the US Department of Defense (DoD) - with the objective to collect and disseminate worldwide atmospheric, oceanographic, solar-geophyscial, and cloud cover data on a daily basis. (Primary operational satellite).
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields SSM/I
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature OLS
Cloud particle properties and profile SSM/I, SSM/T-1
Liquid water and precipitation rate SSM/I
Atmospheric Temperature Fields OLS, SSM/T-1
LandSoil moisture SSM/I
OceanOcean surface winds SSM/I
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth OLS, SSM/I
Mission Instruments
OLS - Operational Linescan System
SSB/X - Special Sensor Gamma Ray Particle Detector
SSM/I - Special Sensor Microwave Imager
SSM/T-1 - Special Sensor Microwave Temperature Sounder
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