Monthly Archives: July 2018

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...

Aeolus: remove before flight

When preparing a satellite for launch, the engineers use big red tags to mark components that must be removed before the satellite is encapsulated in the rocket fairing and launched. The idea is to remove these components...

Aeolus: engineer or surgeon?

The Aeolus launch campaign team at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, reports that the ‘functional tests’ has been done and that Aeolus is working well. The satellite is held in a vertical position, allowing engineers to...

Aeolus: shiny telescope, hairy spider

With the campaign to launch ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite on 21 August well underway, the satellite’s telescope has been opened and expected to make sure it is perfectly clean and shiny. While Aeolus’ novel laser technology is...

MetOp-C campaign kicks off

The MetOp-C launch campaign has kicked off with the first of three Antonovs landing at Cayenne Airport, French Guiana on 20 June. The cargo aircraft transported 11 containers of equipment for ground support and IT-infrastructure. The second...

Aeolus unveiled and switched on

Following its arrival at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 29 June, the Aeolus satellite has been taken out from its transport container, placed on its integration trolley for testing and connected to its electrical support...