Aeolus sets sail15 June 2018
Aeolus sets sail15 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.
Wind satellite shows off05 June 2018
Wind satellite shows off05 June 2018 Before ESA’s Aeolus satellite is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for liftoff in August, media representatives had the chance to see this wind measuring Earth Explorer satellite standing proud in the cleanroom.
Wind satellite survives vacuum07 February 2018
Wind satellite survives vacuum07 February 2018 ESA’s Aeolus satellite has been particularly tricky to build. One of the main stumbling blocks has been getting its lasers to work in a vacuum, but recent tests on the satellite show that the vacuum or temperature of space won’t get in the way of Aeol...
Wind satellite vacuum packed02 November 2017
Wind satellite vacuum packed02 November 2017 With liftoff on the horizon, ESA’s Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simula...
Wind satellite heads for final testing30 January 2017
Wind satellite heads for final testing30 January 2017 The road to realising ESA’s Aeolus mission may have been long and bumpy, but developing novel space technology is, by its very nature, challenging. With the satellite now equipped with its revolutionary instrument, the path ahead is much smoother as i...
Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission07 September 2016
Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission07 September 2016 Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite. With this milestone, a better understanding of Earth’s winds is another step closer.