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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.

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  • News - Operational News

    Aeolus NRT FM-A public data available after instrument switch over 30 Nov 2022

    News - Operational News

    Aeolus NRT FM-A public data available after instrument switch over

    The Aeolus ALADIN FM-A instrument switch-on and its commissioning have been successfully completed.

  • News - Success Stories

    Drones join the campaign to validate Aeolus data 24 Nov 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Drones join the campaign to validate Aeolus data

    In June and September 2022, the Askos component of the Joint Aeolus Tropical Atlantic Campaign (JATAC), organised by ESA and its international partners, was expanded with new ground-based, drone and radiosonde measurements. The main objective of this campaign was to calibrate and validate Aeolus satellite observations.

  • News - Data Release news

    Aeolus third Reprocessing Campaign Data published 23 Nov 2022

    News - Data Release news

    Aeolus third Reprocessing Campaign Data published

    Data from the Aeolus 3rd reprocessing campaign, covering the sensing period from 31 August 2018 to 16 June 2019, relevant to the first period of operations of the ALADIN Flight Model A instrument is available for browsing and download.

  • News - Success Stories

    ESA’s wind mission could help to forecast tropical storms 27 Oct 2022

    News - Success Stories

    ESA’s wind mission could help to forecast tropical storms

    Global wind profiles delivered by Aeolus have great potential to improve the projections of a long-established hurricane forecasting system developed in the US, according to science published in a leading meteorological journal.

  • News - Success Stories

    Space data help to unravel the complexities of Earth’s atmosphere 27 Apr 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Space data help to unravel the complexities of Earth’s atmosphere

    As the impacts of the climate crisis intensify, scientists are using ESA’s Earth observation archives to investigate atmospheric processes and their influences on the planet’s changing environment.

  • News - General News

    Meet a young researcher who uses Aeolus data to measure atmospheric gravity waves 22 Apr 2022

    News - General News

    Meet a young researcher who uses Aeolus data to measure atmospheric gravity waves

    Researcher Timothy Banyard, from the University of Bath, hopes to improve weather forecasting through the measurement of gravity waves (GWs). While GWs are difficult to measure due to their scale size and location, Tim recently demonstrated the Earth Explorer Aeolus' ability to observe GWs over the Southern Andes during the austral winter of 2021.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Exploring the prevailing achievements and future directions of Aeolus 14 Apr 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Exploring the prevailing achievements and future directions of Aeolus

    A tight-knit community of European remote sensing experts converged on the Italian island of Sicily last month to discuss how the strong success of ESA’s Aeolus mission is shaping scientists’ understanding of the winds that sweep across the planet.

  • News - General News

    What is Aeolus VRE? 5 Apr 2022

    News - General News

    What is Aeolus VRE?

    Learn more about the The Aeolus Virtual Research Environment (VRE), the latest extension to the VirES for Aeolus service

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring 31 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring

    Over 95% of Earth’s water is found in our oceans, and yet sadly, oceans are under stress from climate change and pollution. Monitoring our oceans is vital for Earth’s survival and satellites are the primary means of long-term and independent observation of our vast ocean bodies and their associated coastal zones.

  • News - General News

    Launch of Aeolus VRE 23 Mar 2022

    News - General News

    Launch of Aeolus VRE

    The Aeolus Virtual Research Environment (VRE) is a cloud service, which provides users with a web-based development environment in the form of a JupyterLab workspace.

  • News - Operational News

    Aeolus satellite testing planned for 1 March 28 Feb 2022

    News - Operational News

    Aeolus satellite testing planned for 1 March

    Aeolus L2A data production is expected to be impacted due to a planned satellite test on 1 March 2022.

  • News - Success Stories

    Dust aerosol campaign validates Aeolus data 24 Jan 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Dust aerosol campaign validates Aeolus data

    Prepared, implemented and executed by a consortium of French universities and research institutions, under the umbrella of the French Space Agency (CNES) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Clouds-Atmospheric Dynamics–Dust Interactions in West Africa (CADDIWA) campaign took place on Sal Island in Cape Verde, from 6 to 25 September 2021.

  • News - Success Stories

    Wind measurement campaign validates Aeolus data 27 Oct 2021

    News - Success Stories

    Wind measurement campaign validates Aeolus data

    Aeolus VAlidation Through Airborne LidaRs in the Tropics (AVATART) was one of the two scientific campaigns carried out on Sal Island, Cape Verde during the month of September 2021.

  • News - General News

    New Aeolus infographic 31 May 2021

    News - General News

    New Aeolus infographic

    Learn more about ESA's youngest Earth Explorer - the Aeolus mission - in our latest infographic

  • News - Success Stories

    Aeolus Data Now in Use by Four of Europe’s Biggest Meteorological Services 15 Apr 2021

    News - Success Stories

    Aeolus Data Now in Use by Four of Europe’s Biggest Meteorological Services

    European meteorological services are now benefiting from the use of operational Aeolus data in their forecasts.

  • News - Operational News

    A Guide to Aeolus Range Bin Settings 7 Sept 2020

    News - Operational News

    A Guide to Aeolus Range Bin Settings

    After almost two years in space, Aeolus' near-real time observations have been assimilated into the Numerical Weather Prediction models of several European meteorological services, and have proven crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a sharp decrease in meteorological observations.

  • News - Operational News

    Aeolus tests new mirror thermal control setting 7 July 2020

    News - Operational News

    Aeolus tests new mirror thermal control setting

    This week, a new setting for the Aeolus thermal control of the primary mirror will be tested to investigate further potential improvements at satellite level.

  • News - Operational News

    Aeolus set for Instrument Telescope Refocussing exercise 28 May 2020

    News - 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's telescope, ALADIN.

  • News - Success Stories

    Around the world in eight balloons with Strateole-2 26 May 2020

    News - Success Stories

    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.

  • News - General News

    20 May 2020

    News - General News

    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.