March 4, 2016 / 2:09 AM / 2 years ago

U.S. loses control of weather satellite, assigns backup: Air Force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials have lost control over one of a series of satellites used to provide weather data to military aircraft, but the use of a backup satellite means there will be no change to service, the Air Force said on Thursday.

A winter storm affecting the U.S. East Coast is seen in a NOAA image from the Suomi NPP satellite taken at approximately 02:15 am ET (07:15 GMT) January 23, 2016. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout via Reuters

Control was lost on Feb. 11, and officials are unsure whether it can be regained, the Air Force said in a statement.

The military weather satellite program is jointly run in Suitland, Maryland, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Air Force.

Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Sandra Maler

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