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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

    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 - Announcement of Opportunity

    Announcement of Opportunity for Aeolus Cal/Val 5 Aug 2020

    News - Announcement of Opportunity

    Announcement of Opportunity for Aeolus Cal/Val

    An Announcement of Opportunity call is open for the Aeolus mission. Scientists, new groups and individuals are invited to participate in Aeolus Cal/Val throughout the mission lifetime.

  • News - Operational News

    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

    16 June 2020

    News - Operational News

    Aeolus activates new range bin setting

    On 17 June 2020, Aeolus will activate a new range bin setting, QBO2020 that will support the investigation of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO) over the Tropical belt.

  • News - Operational News

    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 (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.

  • News - General News

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

    News - General News

    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.

  • News - General News

    Aeolus data now publicly available 19 May 2020

    News - General News

    Aeolus data now publicly available

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

  • News - Operational News

    4 May 2020

    News - Operational News

    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.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    COVID-19: Aeolus and weather forecasts 21 Apr 2020

    News - 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.

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    10 Jan 2020

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    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.

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    12 Nov 2019

    News - General News, 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.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    23 July 2019

    News - 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.

  • News - General News

    5 Apr 2019

    News - General News

    Aeolus well on the way to improving forecasts

    Assessing the accuracy of data being returned by completely new technology in space is a challenging task.

  • News - General News

    11 Feb 2019

    News - General News

    Taking Aeolus to the next level

    ESA's Aeolus satellite ready for the next phase.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    8 Feb 2019

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Flying under Aeolus

    Following the launch of Aeolus on 22 August 2018, scientists have been busy fine-tuning and calibrating this latest Earth Explorer satellite.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    12 Sept 2018

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Aeolus wows with first wind data

    ESA's Aeolus satellite has exceeded all expectations by delivering its first data on wind – a remarkable feat so early in its life in space.

  • News - General News

    5 Sept 2018

    News - General News

    Aeolus laser shines light on wind

    Aeolus satellite's instrument is emitting pulses of ultraviolet light from its laser, fundamental to measuring Earth's wind.

  • News - General News

    22 Aug 2018

    News - General News

    ESA's Aeolus wind satellite launched

    ESA's Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite has been launched into polar orbit on a Vega rocket.

  • News - General News

    17 Aug 2018

    News - General News

    Aeolus teams ready for space

    The teams responsible for flying the Aeolus satellite completed a pre-launch 'dress rehearsal' at ESA's ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt.