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Satellite details
Acronym DMSP-F13
Full name Defense Meteorological Satellite Program - F13
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 13th flight unit of the DMSP Block 5D series, 8th of the Block 5D-2 series.
  • Main missions: cloud imagery and MW imaging and temperature sounding.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 750 kg Dry mass
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Data access information
  • Military satellite.
  • MW (SSMIS) Imagery available from NOAA on the basis of bilateral agreements.
  • Offline data available from NOAA CLASS.
  • Other data only available to DoD users
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 850 km
ECT 05:51 desc


Space agency DoDNOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Tape recorder failed 19th Nov 2009, thus no global data since then.
  • Satellite exploded in orbit on 3 February 2015.
Launch 24 Mar 1995 EOL 03 Feb 2015
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on DMSP-F13

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
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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