The scientists and engineers at Fibertek have recently delivered a new LIDAR system for NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) payload on an upcoming International Space Station (ISS) mission. The CATS payload is scheduled to launch September 12, 2014 on the SpaceX #5 mission, an ISS commercial resupply flight from Cape Canaveral. The CATS instrument is a Japanese Experimental Module – Exposed Facility (JEM-EF) payload.
NASA’s CATS is a technology demonstration mission led by Dr. Matthew McGill, the GSFC Principal Investigator. The science objective is to extend satellite observations of small particles in the atmosphere from volcanoes, air pollution, dust, and smoke. These aerosol particles pose human health risks at ground level and influence global climate through their impact on cloud cover and solar radiation in Earth’s atmosphere.