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DMSP 5D-3 F19



DMSP is a space- and ground-based system used to collect and disseminate timely global environmental data to the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies. This environmental data consists of visible and infrared cloud cover and other specialized meteorological, oceanographic, and solar-geophysical information required to support the war fighter. DMSP satellites “see” environmental features such as clouds, bodies of water, snow, fire, and pollution in the visual and infrared spectra. The data can be used to determine cloud type and height,land and surface water temperatures, water currents, ocean surface features, ice, and snow. DMSP data are processed on the ground, interpreted by meteorologists, and ultimately used in planning and conducting U.S. military operations worldwide.

Alternate Names

  • 39630
  • DMSP5D3F19
  • USA 249
  • USA249

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2014-04-03
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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