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Defense Support Program (DSP)
A Pictorial Chronology 1970-1998
by
Major James J. Rosolanka, USAF
Director, DSP Space Systems Acquisitions
Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) System Program Office (SPO)

PDF Version (27.4 MB)

CONTENTS

Description Page
Cover Page  
Introduction 1
Phase I (4 Flights, 1970-1973) 9
Phase II (3 Flights, 1975-1977) 11
Multi-Orbit Satellite/Performance Improvement Modification (MOS/PIM) (4 Flights, 1979-1984) 13
Phase II Upgrade (2 Flights, 1984-1987) 16
DSP-1 (5 Flights to Date, 1989-1998) 17
Operation "Desert Storm" 25
DSP Ground Stations 25
List of Acronyms 30
References 32

 

Tables

 

Description Page
Table 1: DSP Engineering History 2
Table 2: DSP Program Directors / Managers 3
Table 3: DSP Operational History 8

 

Picture of DSP Satellite 16 being launched from the Space Shuttle

 

 

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