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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - CATS-on-ISS -
Full Name International Space Station/Cloud-Aerosol Transport System
aka ISS/CATS
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 10 Jan 2015
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Sep 2018
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 90 minutes
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination 51 deg
Orbit Altitude 425 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is a lidar remote sensing instrument that will provide range-resolved profile measurements of atmospheric aerosols and clouds from the International Space Station (ISS). CATS is intended to operate on-orbit for at least six months, and up to three years.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols CATS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature CATS
Cloud particle properties and profile CATS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields CATS
Mission Instruments
CATS - Cloud-Aerosol Transport System
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