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06 August 2018

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Aeolus is the next ESA Earth Explorer satellite to be launched on 21 August 2018 from Kourou, Europe's spaceport in French Guiana..

The ‘launch campaign' starts when the satellite is shipped to the launch site. Over the following month or so, the launch campaign team thoroughly tests and fuels the satellite and integrates it with the rocket before it is rolled out to the launch pad.

The team as a whole usually comprises of teams from ESA and the industrial party that built the satellite, along with teams from the launch provider.

The satellite has now been cleaned, centimetre by centimetre, with a soft brush and a vacuum cleaner. The satellite has also been placed on a vertical stand, which will be used for fuelling. And the fuel is ready and waiting.

With posts and photos provided by ESA's teams, the Aeolus Launch Campaign Blog brings you up to date with the daily activities involved in the last steps before the final liftoff.

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Sentinel-1 maps flash floods in Laos

30 July 2018

Copernicus Sentinel-1 data are highlighting the collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in the southeastern province of Attapeu in Laos.

Sentinel-1 Maps Laos Dam breach

The collapse has led to flash floods that have claimed several lives and left many more people missing, according to local news reports.