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.
|Type / Application:||Earth Observation|
|Operator:||NASA, USAF STP (Space Test Program)|
|Equipment:||Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||689 km × 689 km, 98.24°|
|CloudSat (ESSP 4)||2006-016A||28.04.2006||Va SLC-2W||Delta-7420-10C||with CALIPSO|