Wind laser survives extremes15 January 2014
Wind laser survives extremes15 January 2014 ESA’s next Earth Explorer mission, ADM-Aeolus, has taken another step on the road to launch as its laser transmitter comes through a rough ride on a shaker and exposure to punishing temperature extremes.
90 million laser shots bring wind satellite back on track16 April 2013 Developing new ways of monitoring Earth is always demanding, but ESA’s Aeolus mission has faced some particularly difficult technical challenges. However, with the success of intense high-energy tests on its novel laser there is now light at the end o...
Experts gather as volcanic dust settles28 May 2010
Experts gather as volcanic dust settles28 May 2010 Following the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull volcano that spewed huge amounts of ash and grounded numerous flights, more than 50 experts from around the world gathered at a workshop organised by ESA and EUMETSAT to discuss what has been learn...
New tools aid volcanic ash monitoring22 April 2010
New tools aid volcanic ash monitoring22 April 2010 While satellites are providing an ideal way of monitoring the cloud of volcanic ash sweeping across much of Europe recently, a ground-based network of lidar instruments has also been providing a valuable source of information to help meteorologists as...
Campaign over ice sheets tests Aeolus technology18 March 2010
Campaign over ice sheets tests Aeolus technology18 March 2010 In a recent airborne campaign, carried out by the German Aerospace Center DLR, the sophisticated lidar technology due to be employed on ESA's Aeolus mission was tested by measuring the strong icy winds that blow off the Greenland and Iceland ice fields.
New findings benefit future lidar missions10 February 2010
New findings benefit future lidar missions10 February 2010 A recent experiment to study how light 'scatters' in the atmosphere has improved a mathematical model, which is widely used to interpret measurements taken by lidar instruments, such as those carried on ESA’s ADM-Aeolus and EarthCARE missions.