Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Defense Weather Satellite System
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: DWSS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018
Total Production: 2
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Description: The Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program aimed at the replacement of the DMSP military meteorological constellation in service since the mid-1960s. The new system will leverage the accomplishments and momentum of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program. DWSS will provide enhanced weather information critical to battlefield operations, and deliver it more quickly to the warfighter than current systems. The DWSS is required to provide reliable, high-fidelity, near real time information about weather and environmental conditions around the world to inform aviation, naval, and coastal marine operations and land assets. DWSS will also provide information needed to protect space-based assets from solar and other space weather conditions. Northrop Grumman received authorization from the United States Air Force (USAF) to start work on the new satellite constellation in May 2011 with a first launched planned for 2018.
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