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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - CloudSat -
Full Name CloudSat Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA, CSA, DoD (USA) Launch Date 28 Apr 2006
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Sep 2017
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.8 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.2 deg
Orbit Altitude 705 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 13:30 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications 22-month nominal mission life, currently in extended operations. CloudSat uses advanced radar to "slice" through clouds to see their vertical structure, providing a completely new observational capability from space. First use of active 94 GHz radar from space to study clouds on global basis. Flies in formation with Aqua and CALIPSO in the A-Train Constellation.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereCloud type, amount and cloud top temperature CPR (CloudSat)
Cloud particle properties and profile CPR (CloudSat)
Liquid water and precipitation rate CPR (CloudSat)
Radiation budget CPR (CloudSat)
Atmospheric Temperature Fields CPR (CloudSat)
Mission Instruments
CPR (CloudSat) - Cloud Profiling Radar
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