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NOAA lost contact with the satellite (DMSP-19)

American National Ocean Service (NOAA) has lost the ability to transmit data to satellites DMSP-19. It was one of the two main providers of meteorological satellites for the u.s. air force.The problem appeared on February 11. On reception of radio waves on board there was a unexpected temperature rise. Since that time intervals are trying to regain control over the satellite. At this time, the operators are not able to send any new messages to the device, although DMSP-19 all time gives the signal.

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DMSP-17

Satellite was replaced by reserve DMSP-17, which is in orbit since 2006.

The failure of the DMSP-19 means that the U.S. Air Force may have difficult access to meteorological data. The U.S. Air Force will receive a new meteorological satellite to test no earlier than 2017. DMSP satellites program itself has not been extended since 2015, and the flight of the satellite number 20 was canceled. At the same time satellite number 13 broke early last year, creating more than 50 thousands of space junk. Other satellites of this series will be keenly observed because a similar problem may happen again.

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DMSP 19 program logo by DMSP

U.S. Air Force support even five more satellites (from 14 to 18), the oldest of which was launched in 1997. DMSP satellite 19 will now be carefully watched by the amateur environment. The satellite worked since April last year, when it was launched by an Atlas V rocket.