CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - CloudSat -
Full Name CloudSat Status Operational (extended)
Mission Agencies NASA, CSA, DoD (USA) Launch Date 28 Apr 2006
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Jan 2024
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 29107 (TLE)
International Designator 2006-016A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.3 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.2 deg
Orbit Altitude 686 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 13:45 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.
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 (CPR)
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 18 )
2D-CloudSat-TRMM Product
AIRS-AMSU variables-CloudSat cloud mask, radar reflectivities, and cloud classification matchups V3. ...
AIRS-CloudSat cloud mask and radar reflectivities collocation indexes V4.0 (AIRS_CPR_IND) at GES_DIS ...
AIRS-CloudSat cloud mask, radar reflectivities, and cloud classification matchups V3.2 (AIRS_CPR_MAT ...
CERES A-Train Integrated CALIPSO, CloudSat, CERES, and MODIS (CCCM) Merged Release B1
CERES A-Train Integrated CALIPSO, CloudSat, CERES, and MODIS (CCCM) Merged Release D1
CloudSat 1B-CPR product version 008
CloudSat 2B-CLDCLASS product version 009
Cloudsat 2B-GEOPROF-LIDAR product version 003
CloudSat Cloud mask and radar reflectivities (2B-GEOPROF product version 011)

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