MetOp-C launched

The third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, has been launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit. Carrying the 4083 kg MetOp-C satellite, the...

MetOp-C ready for big day

With liftoff set for 7 November, the latest MetOp weather satellite has been rolled out to the launch pad and positioned on the Soyuz rocket for its ride into space from French Guiana. MetOp-C is the last...

MetOp-C: getting ready to fuel

With the launch of MetOp-C set for 7 November, specialists from ESA, Eumetsat, CNES and NASA have re-grouped at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to prepare this latest weather satellite for its big day. Liftoff was...

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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...