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Satellite details
Acronym DMSP-F15
Full name Defense Meteorological Satellite Program - F15
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 15th flight unit of the DMSP Block 5D series, 1st of the Block 5D-3 series.
  • Main missions: cloud imagery and MW imaging and temperature/humidity sounding.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 1220 kg Dry mass
Power 2200 W
Data access link
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 14:50 asc


Space agency DoDNOAA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 12 Dec 1999 EOL Dec 2020
Last update: 2021-10-18
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on DMSP-F15

Acronym Full name
OLS Operational Linescan Systerm
SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave - Imager
SSM/T Special Sensor Microwave - Temperature
SSM/T-2 Special Sensor Microwave - Humidity
SESS/SSM-Boom SESS / Special Sensor Magnetometer - Boom
SEM/SSJ4 SEM / Special Sensor Precipitating Electron and Ion Spectrometer - 4
SEM/SSI/ES-2 SEM / Special Sensor Ionospheric Plasma Drift/Scintillation Monitor - 2
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Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control
Earth observation MW frequencies
Service Sensing mode Frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation Comments
SSM/I passive 19.35 GHz 400 MHz H&V Window channel
SSM/I passive 22.235 GHz 400 MHz V Water vapour channel
SSM/I passive 37 GHz 1500 MHz H&V Window channel
SSM/I passive 85 GHz 3000 MHz H&V Window channel
SSM/T passive 50 GHz - 59.525 GHz 0 MHz H Oxygen band, 7 channels
SSM/T-2 passive 91.655 GHz 3000 MHz H Window channel
SSM/T-2 passive 150 GHz 1500 MHz H Weak water vapour channel
SSM/T-2 passive 176 GHz - 190.56 GHz 0 MHz H Water vapour band, 3 channels