DMSP / USA

(Selected)
USA-series
satellites

SDS-2 / USA
DMSP / USASDS-2 / USA

Below is a list of (Selected) United States of America (USA) series satellites, including launch dates and links to information on the satellites. If readers know of additional information, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

According to Bruce Cranford: "Beginning in 1984, the DoD started giving the USA designation for most military satellites, both classified and unclassified. This term allows discussion of the satellites in a non classified manner. However, many of the satellites with a USA designation are not classified. In fact, one is foreign. Some DoD satellites were/are not given a USA designation. It seams as if there are many exceptions to the USA designation."

Since all USA-series satellites have other names as well, launch covers and other postal items for these satellites are found under those other names. This page includes only those USA-series satellites which are described elsewhere on this website.

SatelliteLaunch DateOther NameMission or PurposeType/Discipline
(Selected) United States of America (USA)
USA-11984-06-13GPS-9 / Navstar-9navigationnavigation
USA-21984-06-26KH9-19reconnaissancemilitary
USA-41984-08-28SDS-5military communicationscommunications
USA-51984-09-08GPS-10 / Navstar-10navigationnavigation
USA-61984-12-04KH11-6reconnaissancemilitary
USA-71984-12-22DSP-12missile detectionmilitary
USA-8 [STS-51C/Discovery-deployed]1985-01-24Magnum-1 / Orion-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-91985-02-08SDS-6military communicationscommunications
USA-101985-10-09GPS-11 / Navstar-11navigationnavigation
USA-11/12 [STS-51J/Atlantis-deployed]1985-10-03DSCS-3-B4/B5military communicationscommunications
USA-191986-09-05VSM / DM-43 / SDI-1strategic defensemilitary
USA-201986-12-05FltSatCom-7US Navy communicationscommunications
USA-211987-02-12SDS-7military communicationscommunications
USA-261987-06-20DMSP-5D2-F8polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-271987-10-26KH11-8reconnaissancemilitary
USA-281987-11-29DSP-13missile detectionmilitary
USA-291988-02-03DMSP-5D2-F9polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-331988-06-11KH11-9reconnaissancemilitary
USA-34 [STS-27R/Atlantis-deployed]1988-12-02Lacrosse-1 / Onyx-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-351989-02-14GPS-2-1GPSnavigation
USA-361989-03-24Delts-StarSDImilitary
USA-381989-06-11GPS-2-2GPSnavigation
USA-391989-06-14DSP-14missile detectionmilitary
USA-40 [STS-28R/Columbia-deployed]1989-08-08SDS-2-1military communicationscommunications
USA-41 [STS-28R/Colombia-deployed]1989-08-08GLOMR? / SSFmilitary communicationsmilitary
USA-421989-08-18GPS-2-3GPSnavigation
USA-431989-09-04DSCS-2-E15military communicationscommunications
USA-441989-09-04DSCS-3-A2military communicationscommunications
USA-461989-09-25FltSatCom-8US Navy communicationscommunications
USA-471989-10-21GPS-2-4GPSnavigation
USA-48 [STS-33R/Discovery-deployed]1989-11-23Magnum-2 / Orion-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-53 [STS-36/Atlantis-deployed]1990-02-28Misty-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-541990-03-26GPS-2-7GPSnavigation
USA-56/57/581990-04-11Stacksat-1/2/3military technologyscientific/research/technology
USA-591990-06-08SLDCOM-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-60/61/621990-06-08Intruder-1A/1B/1Creconnaissancemilitary
USA-651990-11-13DSP-15missile detectionmilitary
USA-661990-11-26GPS-2A-1GPSnavigation
USA-67 [STS-38/Atlantis-deployed]1990-11-16SDS-2-2military communicationscommunications
USA-681990-12-01DMSP-5D2-F10polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-70 [STS-39/Discovery-deployed]1991-04-28GLOMR? / MPECmilitary communicationsmilitary
USA-731991-11-28DMSP-5D2-F11polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-75 [STS-44/Atlantis-deployed]1991-11-21DSP-16missile detectionmilitary
USA-781992-02-11DSCS-3-B14military communicationscommunications
USA-861992-11-28KH11-10reconnaissancemilitary
USA-87 [STS-53/Discovery-deployed]1992-12-02SDS-2-3military communicationscommunications
USA-981993-12-08NATO-4Bmilitary communicationscommunications
USA-991994-02-07Milstar-1-1military communicationsmilitary
USA-1011994-03-13TAOSspace technologymilitary
USA-1021994-03-13DARPASatspace technologymilitary
USA-1031994-05-03Trumpet-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1061994-08-29DMSP-5D2-F12polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-1071994-12-22DSP-17missile detectionmilitary
USA-1091995-03-24DMSP-5D2-F13polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-1121995-07-10Trumpet-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1161995-12-05KH11-11reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1251996-07-03SDS-2-4military communicationscommunications
USA-1291996-11-20KH11-12 / NROL-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1301997-02-23DSP-18missile detectionmilitary
USA-1311997-04-04DMSP-5D2-F14polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-1361997-11-07Trumpet-3reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1371998-01-29SDS-3-1military communicationscommunications
USA-142 [failed]1999-04-09DSP-19missile detectionmilitary
USA-1471999-12-12DMSP-5D3-F15polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-1492000-05-08DSP-20missile detectionmilitary
USA-1552000-12-06SDS-3-2military communicationscommunications
USA-1592001-08-06DSP-21missile detectionmilitary
USA-1612001-10-05KH11-13 / NROL-14reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1622001-10-11SDS-3-3military communicationscommunications
USA-1662003-01-29GPS-2R-8GPSnavigation
USA-1692003-04-08Milstar-2-4military communicationsmilitary
USA-1722003-10-18DMSP-5D3-F16polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-1762004-02-14DSP-22missile detectionmilitary
USA-1782004-06-23GPS-2R-12GPSnavigation
USA-1792004-08-31SDS-3-4military communicationscommunications
USA-181/181-22005-02-03NROL-23 / NOSS-3-3A/3B / Intruder-7A/7Breconnaissancemilitary
USA-1842006-06-28NROL-22 / Trumpet-F/O-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1862005-10-19KH11-14 / NROL-20reconnaissancemilitary
USA-1872006-06-21MITEX-Atechnologymilitary
USA-1882006-06-21MITEX-Btechnologymilitary
USA-1892006-06-21MITEX-NUStechnologymilitary
USA-1912006-11-04DMSP-5D3-F17polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-194/194-2 [partial failure]2007-06-15NROL-30 / NOSS-3-4A/4B / Intruder-8A/8Breconnaissancemilitary
USA-1972007-11-11DSP-23missile detectionmilitary
USA-1982007-12-10SDS-3-5 / Quasar-16military communicationscommunications
USA-2002008-03-13NROL-28 / Trumpet-F/O-1-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2032009-03-24GPS-2RM-7GPSnavigation
USA-2072009-09-08Nemesis-1 / PANreconnaissancemilitary
USA-2102009-10-18DMSP-5D3-F18polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-2122010-05-27GPS-2F-1GPSnavigation
USA-2152010-09-21NROL-41 / Topaz-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2162010-10-26SBSSreconnaissancemilitary
USA-2172010-11-20STPSat-2space technologymilitary
USA-2222010-11-20OSCAR-69 / FASTRAC-1amateur radioamateur
USA-2232010-11-21NROL-32 / Orion-7reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2242011-01-20KH11-15 / NROL-49reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2252011-02-06NROL-66 / RPPreconnaissancemilitary
USA-2272011-03-11NROL-27 / SDS-3-6 / Quasar-17military communicationscommunications
USA-2282010-11-20OSCAR-70 / FASTRAC-2amateur radioamateur
USA-229/229-22011-04-15NROL-34 / NOSS-3-5A/5B / Intruder-9A/9Breconnaissancemilitary
USA-2302011-05-07SBIRS-Geo-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2322011-07-16GPS-2F-2GPSnavigation
USA-2342012-04-03NROL-25 / Topaz-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2362012-06-20NROL-38 / SDS-3-7 / Quasar-18military comunicationsmilitary
USA-2372012-06-29NROL-15 / Orion-8reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2412013-03-19SBIRS-Geo-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2422013-05-15GPS-2F-4GPSnavigation
USA-2452013-08-28KH11-16 / NROL-65reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2462013-09-18AEHF-3reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2472013-12-06NROL-39 / Topaz-3reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2492014-04-03DMSP-5D3-F19polar-orbiting weathermilitary
USA-2512014-05-16GPS-2F-6GPSnavigation
USA-2522014-05-22NROL-33 / SDS-3-8 / Quasar-19military communicationsmilitary
USA-2532014-07-28GSSAP-1reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2542014-07-28GSSAP-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2552014-07-28ANGELSnavigationnavigation
USA-2562014-08-01GPS-2F-7GPSnavigation
USA-2572014-09-17Nemesis-2 / CLIOreconnaissancemilitary
USA-2622015-07-15GPS-2F-10GPSnavigation
USA-264/264-22015-10-08NROL-55 / NOSS-3-7A/7B / Intruder-11A/11Breconnaissancemilitary
USA-2672016-02-10NROL-45 / Topaz-4reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2682016-06-11NROL-37 / Orion-9reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2692016-07-28NROL-61 / SDS-4-1 / Quasar-20military communicationscommunications
USA-2702016-08-19GSSAP-3reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2712016-08-19GSSAP-4reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2732017-01-12SBIRS-Geo-3reconnaissancemilitary
USA-274/274-22017-03-01NROL-79 / NOSS-3-8A/8B / Intruder-12A/12Breconnaissancemilitary
USA-2782017-09-24NROL-42 / SBIRS-Heo-4 / Trumpet-F/O-2-2reconnaissancemilitary
USA-2792017-10-15NROL-52 / SDS-4-2 / Quasar-21military communicationscommunications
USA-280 [failed]2018-01-08Zumareconnaissance?military
USA-2822018-01-20SBIRS-Geo-4reconnaissancemilitary


Links to USA-series satellite information:

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