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Discover the latest news on the European Space Agency's Earth Observation activities. Learn all about new data availability and how ESA's missions are performing.

Operational News

Aeolus set for Instrument Telescope Refocussing exercise

Aeolus’s telescope requires periodic collimation and refocussing. To this end, the Instrument Telescope Refocussing activity aims to improve the radiometric performance of the Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (ALADIN)’s telescope by optimizing the throughput at the field stop, the smallest aperture where the return light has to pass. This is done through a change of the temperature settings on the telescope.

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Around the world in eight balloons with Strateole-2

Strateole-2 is a French-US project supported by ESA that uses CNES superpressure balloons drifting around the globe to study the climate processes in the Tropical Tropopause Layer (TTL) and the lower stratosphere, helping Aeolus validation activities along the way.

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Aeolus and GOCE dissemination system maintenance on 22 May 2020

Due to a scheduled maintenance, access to the Aeolus and GOCE dissemination systems will be unavailable on 22 May,

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Mirror bias correction brings higher quality to Aeolus data

The release of Aeolus data to the public was made possible by the product optimisation work performed by the Aeolus DISC.

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Aeolus data now publicly available

Last week marked an exciting milestone for Aeolus. On 12 May, its wind data became publicly available.

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Aeolus dissemination system maintenance on 5 May 2020

Due to a scheduled maintenance, access to the Aeolus dissemination system will be unavailable on 5 May.

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Scientific Highlights

Earth Day: taking the pulse of our planet

While news of COVID-19 dominates headlines and many of us practice social distancing, there still remains the need for action on climate change - and satellites are vital in providing the key facts on this global issue.

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Scientific Highlights

COVID-19: Aeolus and weather forecasts

The drop in commercial flights has led to fewer measurements for weather forecasts, but fortunately, ESA’s Aeolus satellite mission is helping to fill the gap.

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Aeolus winds now in daily weather forecasts

ESA's Aeolus satellite has been returning profiles of Earth's winds since 3 September 2018, just after it was launched – and after months of careful testing these measurements are considered so good that the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is now using them in their forecasts.

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Scientific Highlights

Improving new Aeolus wind data for forecasts

Tests carried out show that new wind profile observations from ESA's Aeolus satellite significantly improve weather forecasts – particularly in the southern hemisphere and the tropics.

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Scientific Highlights

Second laser boosts Aeolus power

Aeolus satellite, which carries the world's first space Doppler wind lidar, has been delivering quality global measurements of Earth's wind.

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