Solar radiation enters the Earth's atmosphere with a portion being scattered by clouds and aerosols.

Processing, archiving and distributing Earth science data
at the NASA Langley Research Center

Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS)

Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS)



CATS Instrument

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The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is a lidar remote sensing payload utilizing ISS as an affordable Earth Science observing platform. CATS provides in-space demonstration of technologies for future satellite missions while demonstrating build-to-cost project development with streamlined management structure. 

Conducted successful underflights of opportunity with Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) on the ER-2 on Feb 10, 17, 20 and 21.

For more information, please see the CATS homepage or the attached presentation (PPT).