Lockheed Martin Defense Weather Satellite receives operational acceptance into DMSP constellation

Lockheed Martin Defense Weather Satellite receives operational acceptance into DMSP constellation

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DMSP 19 satellite during final integrationUS, 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