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Full Name Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA, CNES Launch Date 28 Apr 2006
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Sep 2017
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.8 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.2 deg
Orbit Altitude 705 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 13:30 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications 3-year nominal mission life, currently in extended operations. Measurements of aerosol and cloud properties for climate predictions, using a 3 channel lidar and passive instruments in formation with Aqua and CloudSat for coincident observations of radiative fluxes and atmospheric state.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols CALIOP
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature CALIOP, IIR, WFC
Cloud particle properties and profile CALIOP
Atmospheric Temperature Fields CALIOP
Mission Instruments
CALIOP - Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization
IIR - Imaging Infrared Radiometer
WFC - Wide Field Camera
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