Aeolus: Mastering Winds – new ESA mission – laser techniques for weather data

Aeolus: Mastering Winds
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Aeolus: Mastering Winds – next ESA mission aiming for more accurate wind and weather data

Soon the European space agency ESA will launch its new earth observation satellite called Aeolus. Using cutting edge Laser technology Aeolus will provide near real-time observations of wind profiles across the globe. These will improve the accuracy of numerical weather prediction and climate modelling. Also,  advance the understanding of global atmospheric dynamics for example in the tropics.

Aeolus will fly in a sun-synchronous polar orbit. The satellite will send its data to the ESA ground station in Svalbard. The satellite will be launched with a Vega launcher from Kourou.

British scientists participate in ESA

video: ESA


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