BackForward Satellite Programme: Defense Weather Satellite System (DMSP follow-on) 

Programme details
Programme description
  • The DWSS programme is intended to provide continuity to the DMSP programme.
  • A mission concept, developed after the re-structuring of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) in 2010, was based on two satellites, DWSS-1 and DWSS-2, to cover the early morning orbit around 5:30, complementary to the NOAA JPSS satellites in the early-afternoon orbit (13:30) and the EUMETSAT MetOp SG satellites in the mid-morning orbit (9:30).
  • In 2012 the DWSS programme was cancelled as such, and the DMSP follow-on is being re-defined.
  • The provided description of DWSS-1 and DWSS-2 refers to the project as it was proposed and not approved.
Data circulation
  • TBD.
Agencies DoD
Programme lifetime TBD
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned