Aeolus is set to launch on a Vega rocket at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST) on Tuesday, 21 August 2018
This site reports on the status and progress of the Aeolus In-Orbit Commissioning Phase.
Following the launch of Aeolus on 22 August, this extraordinary satellite’s instrument has been turned on and is now emitting pulses of ultraviolet light from its laser, which is fundamental to measuring Earth’s wind. And, this remarkable mission has also already returned a tantalising glimpse of the data it will provide. See: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Aeolus/Aeolus_laser_shines_light_on_wind
The Launch Early Operations Phase (LEOP) has been declared ended. The spacecraft is in the intended configuration and is ready to start the commissioning phase. All units are on their nominal side, no redundant units are selected. The Ground Segment is nominal. The next steps will be: Loading the Aladin tables, settings, and monitors needed …
With a one day delay due to high attitude winds, Aeolus was launched on Wed 22-08-2018 (21:20:09 UTC). Separation took place at 22:15:01 UTC and a successful first acquisition of signal over the Troll ground station occurred at 22:30:14 UTC. The satellite was found to be nominal after the recovery of an unintended entry into …
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