Sunday March 01, 2015

20-year-old Military Weather Satellite Apparently Exploded in Orbit

The US Air Force announced one of their military satellites suddenly exploded in orbit in what was described as a catastrophic event. The 20-year old satellite, called Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 was launched in 1995 and has been in a backup role since 2006.

We anticipate real-time weather data for tactical users will be slightly reduced without this satellite, but its data was not being used for weather forecast modeling.