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The mission

Aeolus was the first satellite mission to acquire profiles of Earth’s wind on a global scale. These observations improved weather forecasts and climate models. The Aeolus satellite carried just one large instrument – a Doppler wind lidar that measured the winds sweeping around our planet. Surpassing scientific expectations and exceeding its planned life in orbit, the mission ended on 28 July 2023.

The launch

  • Date: 22 August 2018
  • Site: Kourou, French Guiana
  • Rocket: Vega


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    Wind profile from Aeolus 6 May 2020
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    Aeolus brochure

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    Measuring cyclones
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    Documents & publications

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    Documents and publications

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