Cloud Satellite

Project Description
CloudSAT will use advanced radar to "slice" through clouds to see
their vertical structure, providing a completely new observational
capability from space. Current satellites can only image the uppermost
layers of clouds. CloudSAT will be one of the first satellites to
study clouds on a global basis. It will look at their structure,
composition and effects. This is a cooperative mission with Canada.
Air quality, weather models, water management, aviation safety,
disaster management.

LAUNCH:

Launched: 2006-04-28
Launch Site: Western Test Range, Vandenberg Air Force Base

ORBIT:

Altitude: 705 km
Sun-Synchronous

VITAL STATISTICS:

Weight: 999 kg
Power: 700 watts
Design Life: 2 years

INSTRUMENTS:

94 GHz Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)

For more information, see
http://cloudsat.atmos.colostate.edu/