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Defense satellite arrives, readied for meteorological mission

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A C-17 aircraft is taxiing in before stopping to drop off the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program, (DMSP), satellite, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A C-17 aircraft is taxiing in before stopping to drop off the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program, (DMSP), satellite, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is transported into the "clean room" to be uncovered, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is transported into the "clean room" to be uncovered, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is transported into the "clean room" to be uncovered, here on Dec. 14.The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is transported into the "clean room" to be uncovered, here on Dec. 14.The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel strap steel cables to the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite to be lifted off of a flatbed truck before uncovering it here, on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel strap steel cables to the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite to be lifted off of a flatbed truck before uncovering it here, on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel watch carefully as the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is lifted off of a flatbed truck before being uncovered, here on Dec. 14.  The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel watch carefully as the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is lifted off of a flatbed truck before being uncovered, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel watch carefully as a flatbed truck drives off while the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is lifted before being uncovered, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel watch carefully as a flatbed truck drives off while the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite is lifted before being uncovered, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel prepare to bolt in a caster to the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite crate before being uncovered, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin personnel prepare to bolt in a caster to the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellite crate before being uncovered, here on Dec. 14. The DMSP satellite monitors solar-terrestrial physics and provides photographic reconnaissance and surveillance for the U.S. Department of Defense. It's a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)