Live coverage: Vega rocket lifts off with European winds observatory
Vega launch timeline with Aeolus
First-of-its-kind satellite to measure global winds finally ready for liftoff
The European Space Agency’s $550 million Aeolus science mission, the product of a drawn-out 16-year development effort that required engineers to master new technologies, is in the starting blocks on a launch pad in French Guiana awaiting liftoff Wednesday to monitor wind speeds from space for the first time on a global scale.
Vega launch delayed 24 hours
Arianespace aims for busy second half of 2018
Q&A with Josef Aschbacher, director of ESA’s Earth observation programs (members only)
Josef Aschbacher, head of ESA’s Earth observation programs, recently spoke with Spaceflight Now about the importance of the Sentinel 5P satellite mission designed for air quality measurements from space, and discussed increasing data usage from Europe’s Copernicus environmental network, and plans to expand the flagship Earth observation fleet.