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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

    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

    21 July 2020

    News - Operational News

    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.

  • 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

    12 June 2020

    News - 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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 - 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 - General News

    Long-term quality assessment of Swarm L1B data 12 May 2020

    News - General News

    Long-term quality assessment of Swarm L1B data

    A technical note describing the Swarm L1B data quality is now available.

  • News - General News

    12 May 2020

    News - General News

    Improved Swarm IPDxIRR_2F products now available

    An improved version of the Swarm IPDxIRR Level-2 product (version 0301) is now 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

    Gravity Field Models from Swarm data 29 Apr 2020

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Gravity Field Models from Swarm data

    In addition to its geomagnetic objectives, GPS receivers onboard Swarm can and have already been exploited to measure temporal variations in Earth's global gravity field.

  • News - General News

    24 Apr 2020

    News - General News

    Swarm thermo-optical properties of the satellites document updated

    The Swarm document on the thermo-optical properties of the satellites provides tables and technical drawings for aerodynamic and radiation pressure modelling.

  • 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 - Operational News

    7 Apr 2020

    News - Operational News

    Swarm Alpha and Charlie: Magnetic field data regenerated from January 2018

    The VFM (Vector Field Magnetometer) scaling that changes with time, i.e., s_t, needs to be slightly adjusted starting from January 2018 onward.