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Taking Aeolus to the next level

11 February 2019

Since ESA's Aeolus satellite was launched in August, engineers and scientists have been carefully checking the information that this pioneering mission is delivering on the world's winds – and now it's time for the next phase.

Flying under Aeolus

08 February 2019

Following the launch of Aeolus on 22 August 2018, scientists have been busy fine-tuning and calibrating this latest Earth Explorer satellite. Aeolus carries a revolutionary instrument, which comprises a powerful laser, a large telescope and a very sensitive receiver.

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ESA Euronews: Favourable winds for Aeolus

21 September 2018

This edition of Space comes from the coast of northern Norway, where we've come to the Andøya Space Centre to meet scientists working on a new satellite called Aeolus.

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Aeolus wows with first wind data

12 September 2018

Just one week after ESA's Aeolus satellite shone a light on our atmosphere and returned a taster of what's in store, this ground-breaking mission has again exceeded all expectations by delivering its first data on wind – a truly remarkable feat so early in its life in space.

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Aeolus laser shines light on wind

05 September 2018

Following the launch of Aeolus on 22 August, this extraordinary satellite's instrument has been turned on and is now emitting pulses of ultraviolet light from its laser, which is fundamental to measuring Earth's wind. And, this remarkable mission has also already returned a tantalising glimpse of the data it will provide.

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Wind mission ready for next phase

24 August 2018

Having worked around the clock since the launch of Aeolus on Wednesday, teams at ESA's control centre in Germany have declared today that the critical first phase for Europe's wind mission is complete.

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ESA's Aeolus wind satellite launched

22 August 2018

ESA's Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite has been launched into polar orbit on a Vega rocket. Using revolutionary laser technology, Aeolus will measure winds around the globe and play a key role in our quest to better understand the workings of our atmosphere.

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Aeolus teams ready for space

17 August 2018

The teams responsible for flying the Aeolus satellite completed a pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal' at ESA's ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt today, the last major step in getting ready for next Tuesday's liftoff.

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Aeolus: of weather and winds

16 August 2018

Although weather forecasts have advanced considerably in recent years, there is a need for global wind measurements to improve them even further. ESA's Aeolus mission will fill this gap by providing global wind-profiles in near-real time.

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Aeolus in launch tower

14 August 2018

ESA's Aeolus wind satellite is poised for liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This latest Earth Explorer satellite has been at the launch site since early July being readied for its ride into space on 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

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Aeolus: preparing for launch

14 August 2018

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.

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Aeolus sealed from view

09 August 2018

As preparations for the launch of ESA's latest Earth Explorer continue on track, the team at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana has bid farewell to the Aeolus satellite as it was sealed from view in its Vega rocket fairing. Liftoff is set for 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

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Follow the Aeolus launch campaign blog

06 August 2018

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

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Wind satellite fuelled for flight

02 August 2018

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.

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Join the Aeolus SocialSpace event

23 July 2018

Are you passionate about our planet and how satellites help us to understand our changing world? Do you love sharing messages on social media? Then the new #EarthGroupies community at ESA's SocialSpace event on 21 August 2018 is for you.

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Earth from Space: Aeolus special edition

11 July 2018

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. In this special edition, ESA's Aeolus mission scientist, Anne Grete Straume, joins us in the cleanroom at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France.

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Full steam ahead for Aeolus launch

06 July 2018

Having set sail from France on 15 June - Global Wind Day, ESA's Aeolus wind satellite has arrived safe and sound at the launch site in French Guiana.

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Aeolus to understand winds

06 July 2018

At the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Toulouse, France, ESA's Aeolus wind satellite has been prepared for its launch on top of a Vega rocket from Kourou in French Guiana. Liftoff is currently scheduled for August.

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Aeolus sets sail

15 June 2018

Today is Global Wind Day, which couldn't be more apt for ESA's Aeolus wind satellite to begin its voyage to the launch site in French Guiana. And, while almost all satellites journey by aircraft, Aeolus is different, it's going by ship.

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In the clean room with Aeolus

13 June 2018

In this special edition of Earth from Space, ESA's Aeolus Project Manager, Anders Elfving, joins us in the cleanroom at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, to talk about the challenges in developing the mission's pioneering laser technology.