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Melissa Mathews
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George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
MISSION: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar & Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation/CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat)
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF)
LAUNCH PAD: Space Launch Complex 2
LAUNCH SITE: Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California
LAUNCH DATE: NET September 29, 2005

The CloudSat spacecraft was fueled Aug. 14 and the fuel tanks pressurized Aug. 15; CALIPSO was fueled Aug. 24 and the fuel tanks pressurized Aug. 25. CloudSat was mated to the DPAF Aug 23. Installation of the upper half of the DPAF for CALIPSO was completed today. The CALIPSO Mission Readiness Review was today. The CloudSat Mission Readiness Review is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1.

As a part of the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder program, CALIPSO is a collaborative effort with the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Ball Aerospace, Hampton University, Va. and France's Institut Pierre Simon Laplace.

Ball Aerospace is responsible for CALIPSO's scientific instrument and communications suite, including the lidar and Wide Field Camera. NASA's Launch Services Program at KSC provides government launch services for this mission through Boeing Expendable Launch Systems.

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