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CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation) is an American-French (NASA-CNES) meteorological satellite that was launched by a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg AFB at 11:02 UT on 28 April 2006. It will work in concert with the co-launched CLOUDSAT, as well as the three older satellites (AQUA, PARASOL, and AURA), all these five forming what is named as A-Train. The A-Train satellites have almost the same orbit, all crossing the equator within 15 minutes. CALIPSO carries three instruments. The URL provides more details on all instruments.

Alternate Names

  • 29108
  • Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2006-04-28
Launch Vehicle: Delta II
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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