BackForward Satellite: CALIPSO 

Satellite details
Full name Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the CALIPSO programme.
  • Main missions: cloud and aerosol profiling.
Mass at launch 635 kg Dry mass 607 kg
Power 560 W
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Data access information
  • Data available from the NASA/LaRC Atmospheric Sciences Data Center (ASDC).
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 689 km
ECT 13:45 asc


Space agency NASACNES
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Orbit lowered from the original 705 km to 689 km to follow CloudSat, whose orbit was lowerd on 23 February 2018.
  • NASA and CNES agreed to end the CALIPSO science mission on August 1, 2023 due to end of fuel reserves.
Launch 28 Apr 2006 EOL 01 Aug 2023
Last update: 2023-12-18
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on CALIPSO

Acronym Full name
CALIOP Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarisation
IIR Imaging Infrared Radiometer
WFC Wide-Field Camera
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