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Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) - Space Weather Sensors

The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) maintains a constellation of sun-synchronous, near-polar orbiting satellites. The orbital period is 101 minutes and inclination is 99 degrees. The space weather sensors collect insitu observations from the near-Earth space environment to measure ionospheric plasma fluxes, densities, temperatures and velocities. The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) presently receives the space weather data stream from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). NGDC maintains a publicly accessible archive and derived extensions of these data records. The DMSP SSJ/4/5 data provide a complete energy spectrum of the low energy particles that cause the aurora and other high altitude phenomena. The Special Sensor Magnetometer (SSM) measures geomagnetic fluctuations associated with geophysical phenomena (i.e., ionospheric currents flowing at high latitudes). The Special Sensor Ion Electron Scintillation (SSIES) instrument observes the ambient plasma by measuring 1) electron density and temperature; 2) ion density, temperature and drift velocity; and 3) scintillation at the DMSP orbital altitude.

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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Rob Redmon
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4331
Rob.Redmon@noaa.gov
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Originator
  • User Services
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publisher
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Date(s)
  • publication: 1982-01-01
Edition: First
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: Daily
Purpose: Aurora Specification and Research
Use Limitations
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Time Period: 1975-04-01  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Sun-earth Interactions > Solar Activity
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles > Electron Flux
  • Earth Science > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles
  • Earth Science > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles > Electron Flux
  • Earth Science > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles > Particle Density
  • Earth Science > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles > Particle Speed
  • Earth Science > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles > Particle Temperature
  • Earth Science > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles > Proton Flux
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > CHARGED PARTICLES > Density
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > CHARGED PARTICLES > Electron Flux
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > CHARGED PARTICLES > Proton Flux
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > CHARGED PARTICLES > Speed
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > CHARGED PARTICLES > Temperature
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Sun-earth Interactions > Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles
  • Aurora
  • CHARGED PARTICLES
  • DMSP
  • Electrons
  • Ions
  • Polar Orbiters
  • Precipitating Particles
  • WDC/STP, BOULDER > World Data Center for Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Places
  • Global
Use Constraints
  • Use Constraints: None
Access Constraints
  • Access Constraints: US Air Force
Fees
  • Free download
Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
Processing Steps
  • Mission Start Date

Metadata Last Modified: 2010-10-21

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