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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - DMSP F-15 -
Full Name Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-15 Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NOAA, USAF Launch Date 12 Dec 1999
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2016
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.9 deg
Orbit Altitude 833 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 20:29 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 cloud cover data on a daily basis. (Primary operational satellite).
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields SSM/I, SSM/T-2
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature OLS
Cloud particle properties and profile SSM/I, SSM/T-1, SSM/T-2
Liquid water and precipitation rate SSM/I, SSM/T-2
Atmospheric Temperature Fields OLS, SSM/T-1
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements SSJ/4, SSM
LandSoil moisture SSM/I
OceanOcean surface winds SSM/I
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth OLS, SSM/I
Mission Instruments
OLS - Operational Linescan System
SSI/ES-2 - Special Sensor Ionospheric Plasma Drift/Scintillation Meter
SSJ/4 - Special Sensor Precipitating Plasma Monitor
SSM - Special Sensor Magnetometer
SSM/I - Special Sensor Microwave Imager
SSM/T-1 - Special Sensor Microwave Temperature Sounder
SSM/T-2 - Special Sensor Microwave Water Vapor Sounder
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