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2014-04-03 16:20:16

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Spacecraft Entering Polar Orbit VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was successfully launched today at 7:46 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., atop an Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition shortly after launch. [High-resolution images of the launch and satellite are available here:...

2014-04-03 12:21:47

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP-19) payload at 7:46 a.m. PDT today from Space Launch Complex-3. This is the third mission of 15 scheduled for 2014 and the 80(th) mission since ULA was formed in December 2006. "Congratulations to the Air Force and all of our mission partners on this morning's successful launch of DMSP-19!...

2014-04-02 12:21:24

DMSP Satellite Inserts New Capability in Constellation Significantly Outliving Design Life VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The next Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is ready for liftoff April 3 from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch window will open at 7:46 a.m. PDT. DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters to find, track and...

2014-03-20 12:22:19

DMSP Satellite Will Improve Military, Civil Weather Warning VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for an April 3 liftoff. The launch will take place aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. [Download a high-resolution photo from encapsulation...

2012-09-20 06:20:53

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty years ago, a small weather satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. It was the first in a series that would later become known as the U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), spanning 41 successful launches over a half-century, with two satellites still remaining to be sent into space. All were launched from VAFB into near-polar orbits allowing them to image the entire...

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2011-06-23 08:00:22

Data products from the Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI) developed by the NRL Spacecraft Engineering Department and Space Science Division were officially transitioned for use in operational systems at the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) on June 9, 2011. After extensive validation of the SSULI sensor software and derived atmospheric specification, the Air Force Weather Agency received a formal letter from the Defense Weather Systems Directorate (DWSD) at the Air Force Space and...

2011-06-07 09:00:00

AURORA, Colo., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) team successfully completed the third major communications upgrade at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in support of future scientific and environmental satellite missions. McMurdo is the largest of the three, year-round U.S.-Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation (NSF) manages the U.S.-Antarctic Program through which it coordinates all U.S. scientific research on the continent in addition...

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2009-12-02 14:25:00

The Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI) developed by NRL's Spacecraft Engineering Department and Space Science Division, launched October 18, 2009 on the U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F18 (flight 18) satellite, observed first light on December 1, 2009. In a sample airglow profile the spectral emission features in the data are clean and show no anomalies. "The SSULI team is very excited to continue with early orbit testing and begin the calibration...

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2009-11-03 14:23:26

Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard an United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle, Oct. 18, 2009, the Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI) developed by NRL's Space Science Division and Spacecraft Engineering Department offers a first of its kind technique for remote sensing of the ionosphere and thermosphere from space. Flying on-orbit the U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F18 (flight 18) satellite, SSULI's characterization of the...

2009-10-18 12:55:00

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-18 Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was launched this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. at 9:12 am PDT. "After several years of building, integrating, upgrading and testing DMSP F-18, our third Block 5D-3 spacecraft, it was enormously satisfying to see this morning's launch and hear that we have a healthy...