US, September 17, 2014: The latest Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin has received operational acceptance from U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). This acceptance formally adds DMSP Flight-19 to the existing DMSP constellation.
The satellite constellation provides weather data and forecasting information to civilian and military users.
Sue Stretch, DMSP program director at Lockheed Martin said, “DMSP-19 delivers information for important military decisions, from flight patterns to troop movements, and its information will be used by civilians for everyday weather forecasting and warning."
DMSP-19 is equipped with a sophisticated sensor suite that can capture cloud cover in infrared and visible wavelengths; measure soil moisture, precipitation, and surface temperature and collect specialized global oceanographic, meteorological and solar-geophysical information in all weather conditions.
With the induction of DMSP-19 into operations, a joint team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Air Force will control the satellite from Suitland, Maryland.
Source: Lockheed Martin