NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations


On Tuesday, December 6 at approximately 11 a.m.EST (1500 UTC), a planned web system upgrade will be performed. This will result in a brief delay of data on the GOES, SPSD and OSPO web sites for up to two hours. Some data will take longer to recover. Please see the related message, which has additional details, and watch for additional information.

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)

Since the mid-1960's, when the Department of Defense (DoD) initiated the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), low, earth-orbiting satellites have provided the military with important environmental information. Each DMSP satellite has a 101 minute orbit and provides global coverage twice per day.

The DMSP satellites "see" such environmental features as clouds, bodies of water, snow, fire, and pollution in the visual and infrared spectra. Scanning radiometers record information which can help determine cloud type and height, land and surface water temperatures, water currents, ocean surface features, ice, and snow. Communicated to ground-based terminals, the data is processed, interpreted by meteorologists, and ultimately used in planning and conducting U.S. military operations worldwide.

The DMSP is managed by the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. Daily operations is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Suitland, MD.

DMSP Satellite
DMSP Satellite