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CloudSat (ESSP 4, P00-4)

CloudSat [NASA]

CloudSat is a satellite which uses millimeter-wavelength radar to measure the altitude and properties of clouds. Advanced cloud-profiling radar gathers information on the vertical structure of highly dynamic cloud systems. This new information provides the first global measurements of cloud properties that will help scientists compile a database of cloud measurements to improve how clouds are represented in global climate and numerical weather prediction models.

Ball Aerospace was building the BCP-2000 spacecraft, testing and integrating the payload, and performed launch operation and initial on-orbit commissioning.

CloudSat was launched in April 2006 with CALIPSO on a Delta-7420-10C launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth Observation
Operator: NASA, USAF STP (Space Test Program)
Contractors: Ball Aerospace
Equipment: Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
Configuration: BCP-2000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 700 kg
Orbit: 689 km × 689 km, 98.24
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CloudSat (ESSP 4) 2006-016A 28.04.2006 Va SLC-2W Delta-7420-10C with CALIPSO