3 April 2014
The next Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is planned for liftoff today (April 3) from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch window will open at 7: 46 a.m. PDT.
The launch video will stream online here: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Multimedia_Webcast.shtml
DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters to find, track and forecast weather systems all over the globe, particularly in remote and hostile areas for deployed troops. Additionally, DMSP supports a broad range of civil users with sensing capabilities not provided by US civil and international weather satellite systems.
“We´ve delivered more than 40 DMSP satellites over 50 years, so this launch represents a long partnership in monitoring and predicting weather,” said Sue Stretch, DMSP program director at Lockheed Martin.
DMSP satellites fulfill the country´s most critical requirements for global atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial and space environment information. Many of the satellites are performing beyond their design life, so adding on-orbit capability is important for reliable weather information.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.