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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 - General News, Scientific Highlights

    A Guide to Aeolus Range Bin Settings 7 Sept 2020

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    A Guide to Aeolus Range Bin Settings

    Launched on 22 August 2018, Aeolus is the first satellite mission to acquire profiles of Earth’s wind on a global scale. After almost two years in space, its near-real time observations have been assimilated into the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models of several European meteorological services, like ECMWF, Météo-France and DWD, and have proven crucial when the grounding of airplanes during the COVID-19 pandemic led to a sharp decrease in meteorological observations.

  • 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

    29 July 2020

    News - Operational News

    Aeolus and ALOS dissemination system maintenance on 31 July 2020

    The Aeolus and ALOS dissemination systems will undergo maintenance on the morning of 31 July.

  • News - Operational News

    20 May 2020

    News - Operational News

    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,

  • 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 - 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

    9 Aug 2018

    News - General News

    Aeolus sealed from view

    Team bid farewell to Aeolus satellite as it's sealed in its Vega rocket fairing. Preparations for launch on track for liftoff on 21 August.

  • 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

    15 July 2018

    News - General News

    Aeolus sets sail

    ESA's Aeolus wind satellite begins its sea voyage to its launch site in French Guiana.

  • 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.

  • 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 - General News

    6 July 2018

    News - General News

    Aeolus to understand winds

    At the Airbus facility in France, ESA's Aeolus wind satellite has been prepared for its launch, scheduled for August.

  • 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, 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 - 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 - Scientific Highlights

    16 Aug 2018

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Aeolus: of weather and winds

    Weather forecasts have advanced considerably in recent years, Aeolus to provide global wind measurements to improve them even further.

  • News - General News

    14 Aug 2018

    News - General News

    Aeolus: preparing for launch

    ESA's Martin Kaspers joins us at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where Aeolus is being readied for liftoff on 21 August 2018.

  • 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 - 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.