Last update: September 19th, 2019 at 5:00 pm
At the Astrotech Payload Processing Facility on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the CloudSat spacecraft is again being lowered, but on a different mounting stand. CloudSat will undergo electrical and spacecraft transmitter testing. In combination with the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO), the spacecraft will provide never-before-seen 3-D perspectives of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve, and affect weather and climate. CALIPSO and CloudSat will fly in formation with three other satellites to enhance understanding of climate systems. The launch date for CloudSat/CALIPSO is no earlier than Aug. 22.