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Also called USA 109 and DMSP 5D F13 or DMSP 24547


Designation 23533 / 95015A
Launch date 24 Mar 1995 at 14:05 UT
Country of origin United States
Mission Military: meteorology
Perigee/Apogee 846/854 km
Inclination 98.8°
Period 101.9 min
Launch vehicle Atlas E45
Launch site Vandenberg SLC3

The satellite carries the OLS (Operational Linescan System) weather imager, and a set of microwave sounders and particle detectors.

The launch vehicle was the last Atlas E, a refurbished intercontinental ballistic missile which had been built in the early 1960s.

End of life

Out of service 3 Feb 2015 (was a backup since 2006)
Cause Exploded into at least 43 pieces after a sudden temperature spike caused by attitude control failure. Battery charger was the primary cause.

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