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ESA - ADM-Aeolus updates
« Reply #20 on: 06/13/2018 04:46 PM »
In the cleanroom with Aeolus.

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Re: ESA - ADM-Aeolus updates
« Reply #21 on: 06/16/2018 03:28 PM »
Aeolus sets sail

15 June 2018

Today is Global Wind Day, which couldn’t be more apt for ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite to begin its voyage to the launch site in French Guiana. And, while almost all satellites journey by aircraft, Aeolus is different, it’s going by ship.

Scheduled to liftoff on a Vega rocket on 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST) from Europe’s spaceport near Kourou, Aeolus carries one of the most sophisticated instruments ever to be put into orbit.

This pioneering mission uses powerful laser technology that probes the lowermost 30 km of our atmosphere to yield vertical profiles of the wind and information on aerosols and clouds.

Since the instrument is sensitive to pressure change, ESA and Airbus Defence and Space engineers decided that the safest way for it to journey from France, where it has been going through testing, to French Guiana would be by ship.

https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Aeolus/Aeolus_sets_sail

Credits: ESA–G. Labruyere

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Re: ESA - ADM-Aeolus updates
« Reply #22 on: 07/01/2018 06:43 PM »
http://blogs.esa.int/eolaunches/2018/06/29/aeolus-arrives-safe-and-sound/

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After a 12-day journey over the Atlantic, the huge ship carrying ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite arrived safely yesterday at the Port of Cayenne in French Guiana.

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We can now safely say that the Aeolus launch campaign has officially started and the whole team are looking forward to getting on with preparing it for liftoff, set for 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST) on a Vega rocket.

Image credit: ESA

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Re: ESA - ADM-Aeolus updates
« Reply #23 on: 07/05/2018 05:48 AM »
Aeolus - opening of shipping container on June 29
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Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #24 on: 07/06/2018 09:56 PM »
Aeolus to understand winds

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #25 on: 07/09/2018 05:19 PM »
Launch adapter fit check

Aeolus going through the ‘launch adapter fit check’, which is to make sure that the satellite actually fits the Vega rocket adapter and confirms that everything is aligned.

 
Credits: ESA – G. Labruyère

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #26 on: 07/10/2018 07:36 PM »
More ESA photos, checking Aeolus’ mirror

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #27 on: 07/17/2018 09:33 AM »
Aeolus standing proud for testing

As part of the campaign to launch ESA's Aeolus satellite on 21 August, the satellite is held in a vertical position, allowing engineers to access the different components. Since the satellite's arrival in Kourou, French Guiana, on 28 June, it has been 'functionally tested'. This included tests on the pressure of the propulsion tanks, piping, valves, filters and thrusters.

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #28 on: 07/31/2018 05:40 AM »
Aeolus fueling took place on July 25.
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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #29 on: 08/03/2018 11:22 AM »
A couple more shots from ESA

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #30 on: 08/04/2018 11:02 AM »
http://blogs.esa.int/eolaunches/2018/08/02/aeolus-fuelled/

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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.

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This pioneering mission is set to provide global wind-profile data, using powerful laser technology that probes the lowermost 30 km of our atmosphere to yield vertical profiles of the wind and information on aerosols and clouds.

The mission will improve our understanding of how atmosphere dynamics work and contribute to climate change research. At the same time, it will also help to predict extreme events such as hurricanes and help us to better understand and model large-scale wind patterns driving weather such as El Niño.

It is also expected to bring considerable benefits to society by improving weather forecasts. Its global wind measurements, delivered almost in real time, are exactly what meteorological centres are looking for to improve their forecasts.

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #31 on: 08/09/2018 05:13 AM »
Encapsulation took place on August 7
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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #32 on: 08/10/2018 08:51 AM »
Press Release
N°20-2018
Paris, 10 August 2018

 
Call for Media: Aeolus launch event


ESA’s Aeolus mission, which will use revolutionary laser technology to measure winds around the globe, is set for launch on 21 August from Europe’s Spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana. Media representatives are invited to the European Space Operations
Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, to follow the launch of this latest Earth Explorer satellite.

This pioneering mission uses powerful laser technology that probes the lowermost 30 km of our atmosphere to yield vertical profiles of the wind and information on aerosols and clouds – a completely new approach to measuring the wind from space.

Although our daily weather forecasts include information about the wind, there is a lack of direct measurements. Scientists and meteorologists need accurate and timely wind data to understand systems that influence our weather and climate, and to improve
forecasts. Aeolus is the first satellite to do just this.

Liftoff on a Vega rocket is scheduled for 21 August at 23:20 CEST (21:20 GMT).

For latest news and information on Aeolus, visit: www.esa.int/aeolus
http://www.esa.int/aeolus 

The Twitter hashtag to follow is #Aeolus

Follow the Aeolus launch live at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre Starting at 22:00 CEST, the programme comprises short briefings about the scientific goals of this new wind mission, its sophisticated laser instrument and how the data will be
used, as well as live updates from the teams in ESOC’s Main Control Room and from the launch pad in Kourou. Mission experts will be available for individual interviews.


Programme (all times are local time in Darmstadt (CEST))

20:30  Doors open

21:15   Q&A opportunity for media in ESOC’s Control Centre

22:00  Start of the event programme in ESOC’s Press Centre:

Welcome addresses from Head of ESA–ESOC and Director of Operations, Rolf Densing, and Head of ESA Earth Observation Projects, Philippe Goudy, followed by talks by mission and meteorological specialists

22:50  Live from Kourou 

23:20  Aeolus lifts off (live transmission)

23:35  Break/light buffet

00:30Coverage from Kourou resumes for acquisition of signal (AOS information is not conclusive…)

01:00  Programme ends


Accreditation

Please register for the event by filling out the following form by Friday, 17 August: https://se.myconvento.com/public/event_register/do_register/2367916
https://se.myconvento.com/public/event_register/do_register/2367916 


Location

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Robert-Bosch-Straße 5
64293 Darmstadt
Germany

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #33 on: 08/10/2018 07:39 PM »
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 in preparation for liftoff on 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/08/Aeolus_on_a_roll

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #34 on: 08/14/2018 05:03 AM »
After arrival at the pad, the encapsulated satellite was integrated with the rocket on Aug 10.

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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
« Reply #37 on: 08/15/2018 05:20 AM »
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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
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Re: Vega Flight VV12 - ADM-Aeolus - August 21, 2018
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