Reserve weather sat DMSP-13 has exploded in orbit

by | Mar 3, 2015 | Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

After 43 new pieces of debris were discovered in orbit (subsequently revised to over a hundred), US Air Force Space Command has admitted to the industry journal Space News that the reserve military weather satellite DMSP-13 is believed to have exploded in orbit on 3 February 2015.  Before the explosion a temperature spike in its power system was detected. This was followed by a loss of attitude control.  Experts believe that this evidence points to an explosive battery failure.

The spacecraft was launched in 1995 but has effectively been an in-orbit reserve since 2006, so the spacecraft’s loss is not being keenly felt by the US military.  While the cause of the failure has not been fully confirmed, its sister spacecraft, DMSP-11 also exploded in orbit, though in that case the spacecraft had already been retired when it exploded.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

Loft Orbital raises US$140m in funding and later orders more satellite buses from LeoStella and Airbus

During December 2021 American "Space infrastructure" company Loft Orbit raised US$140 million in funding. This is its largest round of Read more

TAIFA-1 to be built by Endurosat for Kenya’s Sayari Labs, launched on Falcon 9 as Endurosat also tapped to build space weather cubesat for Mission Space

Bulgarian small satellite maker Endurosat has joined forces with Kenya's SayarLabs who will respectively build and operate a 3U cubesat-class Read more

One Starlink launch batch does not look very healthy: one in five satellites appear to have failed

While for the most part SpaceX Starlink satellites have proven to be reliable - or at least reliable enough to Read more

ULA Atlas V launch vehicle in “Lopsided” 511 configuration flies straight to put a pair of satellite GSSAP satellite snoopers into orbit

The Boeing/Lockheed Martin owned launch provider, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) which mainly specialises in US military launches, successfully launched Read more

SpaceX launches second Starlink mission of the year, 13 days after the first

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 49 Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA. The flight lifted-off Read more

SpaceX launches first planned Transporter rideshare mission of 2022 carrying over 100 satellites

The SpaceX Transporter-3 rideshare mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1525 GMT, 13 January carrying over 100 satellites. The Read more

Russian cosmonauts make spacewalk to work on Prichal module as usual ISS raisings and departures go on

Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, current commander of Expedition 66, and Peytr Dubrov, made a spacewalk from the International Space Station Read more

ESA confirms that Sentinel 1B’s radar is still knocked out by power issue

Sentinel-1B, a key Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite of the ESA/EU Copernicus Earth observation and monitoring programme, has failed in Read more

Categories

Archives

Tags