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News

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.

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.

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operational news

Swarm Alpha: Scalar magnetic field data not available from 22 to 26 July 2020

Due to an issue in the Swarm L1B data processing chain, the magnetic field intensity derived from the ASM instrument and stored in products for Swarm Alpha is set to zero from 22 to 26 July 2020.

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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.

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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.

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ESA OTF dissemination - Maintenance on 23 July 2020

A software maintenance activity affecting the On-The-Fly (OTF) ESA data dissemination service infrastructure has been planned on 23 July 2020.

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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.

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operational news

New EFI TII Cross-Track Flow dataset 0301 available

An updated version of TII cross-track flow dataset is now available.

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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.

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operational news

Experimental Swarm C cross-track acceleration data set published

A first data set of calibrated Swarm C cross-track accelerations has been published.

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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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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.

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general news

Swarm highlights from first quarter of 2020

A look at the main operational highlights of the Swarm mission in the first quarter of this year.

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