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Wind satellite fuelled for flight

02 August 2018

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With liftoff less than three weeks away, ESA's Aeolus satellite has been fuelled and is almost ready to be sealed within its Vega rocket fairing.

Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, some of which are trickier than others.

Since hydrazine is extremely toxic, only specialists dressed in bulky astronaut-like suits remained in the cleanroom for the duration of the activity.

Aeolus has been at Europe's spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana, since early July where it has been tested and now being readied for liftoff on 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

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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.