Aeolus ESA Satellite

Aeolus was the first satellite mission to acquire profiles of Earths wind on a global scale. These observations improved weather forecasts and climate models. The Aeolus satellite carried just one large instrument - a Doppler wind lidar that measured the winds sweeping around our planet. Surpassing scientific expectations and exceeding its planned life in orbit, the mission ended on 28 July 2023.

Mission Information

Mission Details

NameAeolus
TypeSatellite
Launch DateAugust 22, 2018
Launch SiteGuiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana
ContractorArianespace

Satellite Details

Scientific InstrumentAtmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (ALADIN)
Mass1360 Kg
ManufacturerAirbus Defence and Space

Orbit Information

OrbitSun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO)
Orbital Altitude320 Km
Orbital Inclination97 Degrees

Space Organization Details

OrganizationESA
ContinentEurope
CountryFrance