Before the ESA Aeolus satellite was packed and sent to French Guiana, media representatives were able to see it in a clean room in Toulouse (France)
Before the ESA Aeolus satellite was packed and sent to French Guiana, media representatives had the opportunity to see it in a clean room in Toulouse (France). This is the latest technology that can shed light on the complex mechanisms of our planet.
The innovative satellite uses a powerful laser technology that explores the lowest 30 km of our atmosphere. In this way, it will be possible to obtain vertical wind profiles and data on aerosols in the clouds. This will not only expand our understanding of the functioning of the atmospheric layer, but will make a significant contribution to climate research and will help to study extreme phenomena, such as hurricanes. The general public will also benefit from it, because the device will be able to improve weather forecasts. This is important for agriculture, construction, fisheries, transport and energy exploitation.
Now, wind data comes from balloons, ground-based instruments, airplanes, and the processes of tracking the movement of clouds with satellite instruments. Aeolus will measure the wind around the globe and transmit information in near real time. Launch from French Guiana is scheduled for August 21.