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21-Aug-01 | Nasa approves CALIPSO and CloudSat missions

NASA has exercised another option on its 1996 Med-Lite launch contract with Boeing. ESSP-3 (Earth System Science Pathfinder, formerly known as Picasso-CENA), and CloudSat will launch in April 2004 to improve our ability to predict climatic changes. (NASA Press Release, 20-Aug-01) NASA has three options remaining on the Med-Lite contract of 14 flights, of which 9 have flown (all successfully).

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