Launch Date: August 21, 2018 Launch Window: 21:20 UTC Launch Vehicle: Vega Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: ADM Aeolus Spacecraft Manufacturer: Airbus Defence & Space Satellite Operator: ESA Aeolus - formerly known as the Atmospheric Dynamics
|Launch Date:||August 21, 2018|
|Launch Window:||21:20 UTC|
|Launch Site:||ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Spacecraft Manufacturer:||Airbus Defence & Space|
Aeolus – formerly known as the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission (ADM) – is a 1,400-Kilogram satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and outfitted with an experimental payload capable of measuring three-dimensional wind fields to demonstrate a potentially ground-breaking technique for measuring atmospheric dynamics and so improve weather forecasting and climate research. The Aeolus mission looks back at an extraordinarily long road to launch with an initial launch target of 2007.
The Aeolus spacecraft is fitted with an Active Doppler Lidar – pulsing lasers into Earth’s discernible atmosphere and measuring the Doppler shift in the in the return signal, backscattered light intensity from different atmospheric layers to be able to create altitude-dependent wind profiles. The primary payload of the satellite is known as Aladin (Atmospheric LAser Doppler INstrument) – combining a direct detection lidar with a fringe-imaging receiver and double-edge receiver.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Vega
Launch Date: September 19, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ELS, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: MetOp-C Satellite Type: Meteorology Target Orbit: Sun Synchronous Orbit A "Europeanized" Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana
|Launch Date:||September 19, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M|
|Launch Site:||ELS, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Target Orbit:||Sun Synchronous Orbit|
A “Europeanized” Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana Space Center with the third satellite in Europe’s MetOp Constellation – the first European meteorology system operating from Sun Synchronous Orbit to collect data on atmospheric parameters feeding into numerical weather forecasting. Modern-day satellite-based meteorology systems combine low-orbiting satellites in Sun Synchronous Orbit for atmospheric scanning while spacecraft placed in Geostationary Orbit collect rapid-cadence imagery for monitoring of weather systems. Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the four-metric-ton MetOp satellites each carry a multi-payload suite for atmospheric sounding, scatterometry, and imaging.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B
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