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DMSP special sensor microwave imager sounder (SSMIS)
Author(s): Joseph J. Bommarito
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Paper Abstract

The United States Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) provides state-of-the-art tactical weather forecasts in support of a broad range of military missions. To enhance current capability, the Air Force will equip the block 5D-3 spacecraft with a Special Sensor Microwave Imager Sounder (SSMIS) currently being designed and fabricated by Aerojet Electronic Systems Division in Azusa, California. Aerojet is responsible for the development of the sensor, the uplinkable flight processing software and the SSMIS ground processing software which includes the processing algorithms. The SSMIS will provide lower atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles with greatly enhanced spatial resolution compared to existing microwave sensors and provide twelve additional surface related environmental parameters including wind speed over the ocean and rain rates. In addition the SSMIS will provide temperature profiles of the upper atmosphere, adding a new capability to the DMSP. The SSMIS ground processing software will be installed at the Air Force Global Weather Center and at the Navy Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center. This paper will describe the hardware, software and the status of the SSMIS program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1935, Microwave Instrumentation for Remote Sensing of the Earth, (19 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.152601
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Joseph J. Bommarito, Aerojet Electronic Systems Div. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1935:
Microwave Instrumentation for Remote Sensing of the Earth
James C. Shiue, Editor(s)

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