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Satellite details
Acronym DMSP-F15
Full name Defense Meteorological Satellite Program - F15
Satellite Description
  • 15th flight unit of the DMSP Block 5D series, 1st of the Block 5D-3 series.
  • Main missions: cloud imagery and MW imaging and temperature/humidity sounding.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 1220 kg Dry mass
Power 2200 W
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Data access information
  • Military satellite.
  • MW (SSMIS) Imagery available from NOAA on the basis of bilateral agreements.
  • Offline data available from NOAA CLASS.
  • Other data only available to DoD users
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 850 km
ECT 14:50 asc


Space agency DoDNOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 12 Dec 1999 EOL Dec 2020
Last update: 2021-10-18
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on DMSP-F15

Acronym Full name
OLS Operational Linescan Systerm
SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave - Imager
SSM/T Special Sensor Microwave - Temperature
SSM/T-2 Special Sensor Microwave - Humidity
SESS/SSM-Boom SESS / Special Sensor Magnetometer - Boom
SEM/SSJ4 SEM / Special Sensor Precipitating Electron and Ion Spectrometer - 4
SEM/SSI/ES-2 SEM / Special Sensor Ionospheric Plasma Drift/Scintillation Monitor - 2
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Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
SSM/I passive 19350 MHz 400000  kHz H&V A   Window channel
SSM/I passive 22235 MHz 400000  kHz V A   Water vapour channel
SSM/I passive 37000 MHz 1500000  kHz H&V A   Window channel
SSM/I passive 85000 MHz 3000000  kHz H&V A   Window channel
SSM/T passive 50300 - 59525 MHz N/R  kHz H A   Oxygen band, 7 channels
SSM/T-2 passive 91655 MHz 3000000  kHz H A   Window channel
SSM/T-2 passive 150000 MHz 1500000  kHz H A   Weak water vapour channel
SSM/T-2 passive 176060 - 190560 MHz N/R  kHz H A   Water vapour band, 3 channels