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Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272)

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

August 26, 2005
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E05-009
Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat)
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 w/Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF)
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2), Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
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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