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Aeolus launch highlights

A look back at preparations for the 22 August liftoff of ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.  

ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite launched

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...

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Aeolus liftoff replay

The Aeolus satellite lifted off on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST, 18:20 local time) on 22 August 2018.

Ready to go

Following 24-hour delay for the launch of Aeolus because of winds, everything looks good for the launch today at 23:20 CEST. With Aeolus ‘switched on’, teams at ESA’s European Spacecraft Operations Centre in Germany and teams at...

Wind delays wind satellite

The launch of ESA’s wind mission Aeolus has been delayed 24 hours because of wind at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Read more from Ariancespace: 24-hour weather delay for Vega’s launch of the Aeolus satellite from French...

Aeolus in launch tower

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...

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Aeolus: preparing for launch

ESA’s Martin Kaspers, Product Assurance Manager for Aeolus, discusses some of the challenges they have encountered developing this state-of-the-art satellite mission. Aeolus wind satellite is being readied for its ride into space on 21 August at 21:20...

Aeolus on a roll

After being sealed within its Vega rocket fairing, Aeolus has been rolled out to the launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Here it will join the rest of the rocket in the launch tower...

Aeolus: sealed and signed

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...

MetOp-C: satellite is whole

Following the arrival of the MetOp-C at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at the end of June, the team has been busy testing and preparing the satellite for launch. While activities are currently running on schedule,...

Aeolus fuelled

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. Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of...

Aeolus: clean for the big day

Usually work is well and truly focused on cleanroom activities, but today some of the Aeolus team in Kourou were lucky enough to get a view of the launch of four Galileo on an Ariane 5. Galileo...