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Cloudsat

Delta 7420-10C

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Cloudsat

Type: Earth Science

CloudSat is a satellite which uses millimeter-wavelength radar to measure the altitude and properties of clouds. Advanced cloud-profiling radar gathers information on the vertical structure of highly dynamic cloud systems. This new information provides the first global measurements of cloud properties that will help scientists compile a database of cloud measurements to improve how clouds are represented in global climate and numerical weather prediction models.

Location

Space Launch Complex 2W

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

698 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 2W, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Delta 7420-10C – McDonnell Douglas

Family: Delta
Length: 39 m
Diameter: 2.44 m
Launch Mass: 170 T

The Delta 7420-10C was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas with the first launch on 1998-02-14. Delta 7420-10C has 8 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 8 launches. Delta II was an expendable launch system, originally designed and built by McDonnell Douglas. Delta II was part of the Delta rocket family and entered service in 1989. Delta II vehicles included the Delta 6000, and the two later Delta 7000 variants (“Light” and “Heavy”). The rocket flew its final mission ICESat-2 on 15 September 2018, earning the launch vehicle a streak of 100 successful missions in a row, with the last failure being GPS IIR-1 in 1997.

Agency

United States Air Force

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USAF

Country: USA

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