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CATS-ISS Level 1B N-M7.2 Version 3-00

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), launched on January 10, 2015. It 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. CATS will provide vertical profiles at three wavelengths, orbiting between ~230 and ~270 miles above the Earth's surface at a 51-degree inclination with nearly a three-day repeat cycle. For the first time, it will allow scientist to study diurnal (day-to-night) changes in cloud and aerosol effects from space by observing the same spot on Earth at different times each day. Calibrated L1B data is annotated with ancillary meteorological data and is processed to sensor units.

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