(Editor's note: a simply named company, "Science and Technology Corporation" has remarkable ties with all of the participants in the weather modification program. Below is an excerpt from the STC company newsletter, dated Spring/Summer 2006, in which one important STC team member gains recognition for her work on CALIPSO)
STC Aerospace Program Supports CALIPSO Mission (PDF)
The CALIPSO and CloudSat spacecraft are a pair of Earth-observing satellites designed to study clouds and aerosols from space. The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite is equipped to examine the role that clouds and airborne particles play in regulating Earth’s weather, climate, and air quality. CALIPSO provides vertical information of our atmosphere using lidar technology, while CloudSat uses a
powerful radar to see into the structures of clouds.
CALIPSO is a collaboration between NASA and France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Langley is leading the CALIPSO mission and providing overall project management, systems engineering, and payload mission operations.
CALIPSO and CloudSat were launched aboard the Boeing Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California at 6:02 a.m. EDT on April 28, 2006. These two satellites then joined several other satellites already orbiting the earth in a formation
called the “A” Train.
STC’s Patricia Lucker, located at NASA Langley Research Center, supports the CALIPSO project through engineering and science data analysis and is a member of the mission operations team that commands and controls the satellite around the clock.
As a CALIPSO Team member, Pat received the Center Team Award for “Outstanding
performance and dedication in the successful launch of the CALIPSO Satellite.”
Pat develops software and analysis routines for the lidar, a laser instrument that uses pulses of light to measure the vertical distribution of clouds and aerosols within the atmosphere, as well as visualization tools for the Wide Field Camera, another instrument on the satellite. Pat
creates and provides software tools for members of the science team to aid in their interpretation of the data and data formats.
Prior to launch she participated in two atmospheric tests of the satellite, where she also had responsibility for the correlative lidar system operating alongside the CALIPSO satellite and the validation of the test data. Along with the development of software to analyze the CALIPSO science and engineering data, she participates in a wide variety of data studies that require both numerical and graphical outputs.