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September 29, 2014
VIDEO: Weathering the storm: AF eyes in the sky provide global weather data

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- In the absolute silence of space, a special group of satellites circles our planet in a fast, low earth orbit, their cameras and sensors point toward Earth as they record endless data and images of storm systems and weather patterns moving across the globe below.

Back on the ground, hidden in a D.C. suburb, Maj. Jonathan Whitaker squints against the sun and points to Marine One, the U.S. president’s dedicated helicopter, as it arches its way across the horizon of the nation’s capital. Full Article  

September 8, 2014
DMSP Flight-13 Reaches Major Milestone  

The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program celebrated its 50th anniversary back in 2012, propelling it into the history books as the longest running production satellite program ever. For more than a third of that time DMSP Flight-13 has been on orbit, providing weather data to our nation's warfighters. On Aug. 6, the DMSP program achieved another milestone when F-13 became the first operational DMSP satellite to reach 100,000 revolutions around the Earth. Full Article

October 22, 2013
DMSP F-19 Weathers Launch Prepartion  

The Air Force's latest weather satellite may seem like a silent and static piece of technology as it stands in a California hangar in preparation for a springtime launch. But in truth, the spacecraft is already proving its worth. Full Article