February 13, 2023


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.

The satellite's main characteristics are:

Mass 635 kg
Power 560 W
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.