Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I)

SSM/I was first launched on boad the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F8 satellite in June of 1987. The DMSP series satellites are in sun-synchronous polar orbits at an altitude of approximately 830 km. The instrument is a seven channel linearly polarized passive microwave radiometer operating at frequencies of 19.36, 22.235, 37.0, and 85.5 GHz. Detailed specifications for the spacecraft and instrument are given by Hollinger et al. [1987] and Hollinger [1989, 1991].