Breakthrough Airbus Weather Satellite Prepped for Launch

Aug 9, 2018
The European Space Agency is preparing to launch a new wind-sensing satellite into orbit later this month. Atmospheric Dynamics Mission Aeolus, built by Airbus Defence and Space, reportedly will be the first satellite capable of performing “global wind-component-profile observation” on a daily basis in near real-time. The launch is scheduled for August 21. Aeolus will use a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) instrument called Aladin that uses the Doppler effect to determine wind speed at varying altitudes.
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