Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) - Space Weather Sensors

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

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 NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (formerly National Geophysical Data Center) presently receives the space weather data stream from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (formerly National Geophysical Data Center) maintain 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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Metadata Date September 18, 2015
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 1982 (publication)
Frequency Of Update daily

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date September 18, 2015
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 1982 (publication)
Responsible Party Unknown
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.ngdc.stp.ionosphere:G10022
Access Constraints Use Constraints: None, Access Constraints: US Air Force
Bbox East Long 180
Bbox North Lat 90
Bbox South Lat -90
Bbox West Long -180
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update daily
Harvest Object Id f671b085-ac3f-45ec-b4ba-83c129d6b5c8
Harvest Source Id 369678b9-92fb-448e-8f6a-1654fe221897
Harvest Source Title NGDC STP Ionosphere
Licence 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.
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1975-04-01

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