Earth Observation Mission News
Wind mission ready for next phase
24 August 2018
Having worked around the clock since the launch of Aeolus on Wednesday, teams at ESA's control centre in Germany have declared today that the critical first phase for Europe's wind mission is complete.
The Aeolus satellite was launched on a Vega rocket in the evening of 22 August from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. With a launch mass of 1360 kg, including 266 kg of fuel, Aeolus will be the first-ever satellite to directly measure Earth's winds from space.
Image credit: ESA / J. Mai - Critical days for Aeolus