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Fraser
2006-Nov-07, 06:51 PM
A Boeing Delta IV rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, carrying a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F17 satellite into orbit. The rocket lifted off at 1353 UTC (8:53 am EST), and the satellite was placed into polar orbit shortly after. The new military satellite will be able to view clouds, measure winds, soil moisture, ice and snow coverage, and pollution. It's equipped with visible and infrared sensors, so that it can view the Earth day and night.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/11/07/defense-department-satellite-launched/)

Blob
2006-Nov-07, 08:42 PM
A Delta IV evolved expendable launch vehicle carrying a Defence Meteorological Satellite Program satellite was launched from the Space Launch Complex-6 here Nov. 4 at 5:53 a.m.

Read more (http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123030883l)


DMSP satellites are used for strategic and tactical weather prediction to aid the U.S. military in planning operations at sea, on land and in the air. Equipped with a sophisticated sensor suite that can image visible and infrared cloud cover and measure precipitation, surface temperature, and soil moisture, the satellite collects specialized global meteorological, oceanographic, and solar-geophysical information in all weather conditions. The DMSP constellation comprises two spacecraft in near-polar orbits, C3 (command, control and communications), user terminals and weather centres.

See more (http://www.lockheedmartin.com/wms/findPage.do?dsp=fec&ci=11465&rsbci=0&fti=126&ti=0&sc=400)

Rob1ooo1oo
2006-Nov-07, 10:26 PM
I was wondering what Military purpose this had, I guessed they just watched the weather like the rest of us :)