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PARASOL (Polarization and Anisotropy of Reflectances for Atmospheric Science coupled with Observations from a LIDAR) is a CNES microsatellite project. This microsatellite will mainly be an instrument derived from POLDER. Its main purpose is to improve the characterization of the clouds and aerosols microphysical and radiative properties, needed to understand and model the radiative impact of clouds and aerosols. 

Nation: France
Type / Application: Science
Operator: CNES
Contractors: CNES
Equipment: POLDER
Configuration: Myriade
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Mass: 120 kg
Orbit: 705 km × 705 km
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PARASOL 2004-049G 18.12.2004 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5G+ with Helios 2A, Essaim 1, Essaim 2, Essaim 3, Essaim 4, Nanosat 01

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