BackForward Satellite: DMSP-F12 

Satellite details
Acronym DMSP-F12
Full name Defense Meteorological Satellite Program - F12
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 12th flight unit of the DMSP Block 5D series, 7th of the Block 5D-2 series.
  • Main missions: cloud imagery and MW imaging and temperature/humidity sounding.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 830 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data not ordinarily available (military satellite).
  • MW imagery and sounding data available in delayed time from NOAA.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 850 km
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Space agency DoDNOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 29 Aug 1994 EOL 13 Oct 2008
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on DMSP-F12

Acronym Full name
OLS Operational Linescan Systerm
SEM/SSB/X-2 SEM / Special Sensor Gamma/X-ray Detector
SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave - Imager
SSM/T Special Sensor Microwave - Temperature
SSM/T-2 Special Sensor Microwave - Humidity
SEM/SSJ4 SEM / Special Sensor Precipitating Electron and Ion Spectrometer - 4
SEM/SSI/ES-2 SEM / Special Sensor Ionospheric Plasma Drift/Scintillation Monitor - 2
SEM/SSM SESS / Special Sensor Magnetometer
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