The CALIPSO satellite is constituted of:
- a PROTEUS platform (reconfigurable platform for observing, telecommunications, and scientific purposes), designed for 500 kg mass satellites at launch.
- a payload constituted of:
The satellite's main characteristics are:
|S band telemetry||727 kbps for telemetry|
4kbps for telecommands
|X band telemetry||80 Mbit/s|
|Mission lifetime||3 years|
The satellite has been put into orbit by a SELV B Class (Delta2) launcher supplied by NASA, and launched from Vandenberg, in double launch configuration with CLOUDSAT.