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Class: Communications. Type: Military. Nation: USA.
The Block 5D-3 military meteorological spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin/Valley Forge, and was similar in design to the civilian NOAA weather satellites.
DMSP Block 5D-3 Chronology
12 December 1999
DMSP 5D-3 F-15 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 2. Perigee: 837 km. Apogee: 851 km. Inclination: 98.9 deg.
First launch of the Block 5D-3 military weather satellite. Satellite F-15 was placed in an initial suborbital trajectory. The Star 37S kick motor on the satellite fired 13 minutes after launch for orbit insertion.
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