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DMSP 5D-3 F19 (USA 249)

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DMSP 5D-3 F19 (USA 249) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 39630
Int'l Code: 2014-015A
Perigee: 845.8 km
Apogee: 859.6 km
Inclination: 98.8 °
Period: 101.8 minutes
Semi major axis: 7223 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: April 3, 2014
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE WESTERN TEST RANGE (AFWTR)

DMSP 5D-3 F19 (USA 249) is a global weather observatory for the U.S. armed forces. The craft carries a sophisticated suite of weather instruments to observe virtually the entire planet twice daily. Data from DMSP satellites is used to create global weather forecasts that military commanders and strategic planners rely upon. The satellites can track weather systems by visible and infrared cloud-cover imagery, day and night, plus monitor ice and snow coverage, pollution and fires. The primary sensor, one of seven aboard, is the Operational Linescan Sensor, which collects visible and infrared cloud pictures in 1,800-mile [2,897-km] swaths covering the globe. The microwave sounder provides storm intensity measurements.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 39630U 14015A   16040.73460089 0.00000100  00000-0  52637-4 0    01
2 39630  98.8186  58.2528 0009500 164.2188 195.7811 14.14043424    06
Source of the keplerian elements: McCants