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Cloud Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations
CALIPSO Satellite
CHARACTERISTICS
CNES Proteus series Mini-satellite
Instruments :
an infrared Lidar,
a visible camera
and a 3 channels infrared imager.
Studies the clouds and aerosols radiative impacts to predict climate evolution.
Quasi sun synchronous orbit at 705 km altitude
Mission lifetime 3 years
Mission extension 4 years

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CALIPSO IN THE A-TRAIN

Timeline

 
The Franco-American CALIPSO mission (Cloud Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) was selected by the NASA for the Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) program to supply a unique data set of atmosphere vertical profiles measured by a Lidar on-board a satellite.

The CALIPSO satellite, which uses a PROTEUS platform, has a payload composed of one backscattering Lidar, main instrument equiped of a 1 meter telescope, a visible camera, and an infrared imager provided by CNES.
 
CALIPSO fly in tandem with CLOUDSAT radar satellite, and both integrated the A-Train, constellation of satellites dedicated to the observation of clouds, aerosols and the water cycle.   Calipso launch

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Latest update 28/11/2012
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STATUS
  CALIPSO mission exploitation is extended until the end of 2015. Beginning 2015, another 2 years extension will be studied by the 2 agencies.  
NEWS
November 19, 2013
8th Joint Steering Group meeting / confirmation of a new 2 years extension of CALIPSO mission...
 
June 28, 2013
Comité Directeur de la Revue d'Extension Mission (REDEM)...
 
October 18-19, 2012
Sixth CALIPSO Exploitation Review in Greenbelt, USA...
 
July 3, 2012
The active observations from space, a new key to understand the complexe relationships between clouds, aerosols and radiation...
 
June 18 to 22, 2012
CALIPSO/CloudSat/EarthCARE Joint Workshop...
 
April 28, 2012
CALIPSO has just celebrated its 6th anniversary in orbit...
 
November 21, 2011
Positive response of the LOS bureau for CALIPSO mission extension.
 
October 19-21, 2011
A-TRAIN operational coordination meeting (MOWG) in Biarritz, France.
 
October 17-18, 2011
5th CALIPSO Exploitation Review in Biarritz, France.