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Military satellite DMSP-F13 of United States exploded in orbit - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 03:00

Military American satellite, which functioned for the past 20 years, exploded in Earth orbit. The cause of an accident was sudden temperature change. The blast shattered the satellite 43 pieces of burned later in the dense layers of the atmosphere.

satellite called DMSP-F13 was launched in 1995 and until 2006 provided the military command of the US Air Force photos of the cosmos to predict the weather. Then DMSP-F13 has been deprecated and transferred to the reserve.

As reported by the portal Spacenews in the Air Force US "as the satellite is no longer used or the National Weather Service or the Air Force Meteorological Agency, the consequences of its explosion will be minimal." Despite such an optimistic outlook, according to the portal, the loss of DMSP-F13 may affect the transmission of data in real time. At the command of the US Air Force satellite explosion nevertheless called a "catastrophic event".

Currently, continue their work the other six similar satellites DMSP. Launch of the seventh, improved modification F20, is scheduled for 2016.

As the channel Sky News, the collapse of the satellite was still January 3, however publicize this information was only now, when the explosion confirmed portal Spacenews.

Like the rest of the satellites of this series, DMSP-F13 in orbit at a distance of 800 kilometers from Earth and moving from the North to the South Pole. To circumnavigate the Earth, the satellite was approximately 101 minutes. After each cycle, the machine took a picture, which is always a little different from the previous one. Thus, twice a day F13 was a detailed picture of the Earth's surface.

Recall that in 2004, thanks to satellites DMSP was created light maps of human civilization. The pictures were taken on the new Moon, when the Earth falls lunar light. Scientists have collected images of all sections of the Earth's surface, glued the pictures created in a few months, and have created this map.


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