BackForward Satellite: DMSP-F03 

Satellite details
Acronym DMSP-F03
Full name Defense Meteorological Satellite Program - F03
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the DMSP Block 5D series.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery and IR sounding
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 513 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • The Copernicus C3S project has rescued the level 1 data from SSH
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 810 km
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Space agency DoDNOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 30 Apr 1978 EOL 01 Dec 1979
Last update: 2023-03-06
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on DMSP-F03

Acronym Full name
OLS Operational Linescan Systerm
SEM/SSB/X-2 SEM / Special Sensor Gamma/X-ray Detector
SEM/SSJ4 SEM / Special Sensor Precipitating Electron and Ion Spectrometer - 4
SSH Special Sensor H (also known as Multichannel Filter Radiometer)
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