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ESA’S WIND SENSING SATELLITE ... THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND ... TO UNDERGO FINAL TESTS

ESA’S WIND SENSING SATELLITE ... THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND ... TO UNDERGO FINAL TESTS European Space Agency’s wind sensing spacecraft, Aeolus, wind sensing satellite, has left Liège in Belgium having successfully completed an extensive thermal and functional performance test campaign under in-orbit conditions. It will now undergo final checks at InteSpace test center in Toulouse, France, before being shipped to French Guiana in the summer ready for launch on a Vega launcher. How the process works is as follows: Aladin fires a powerful ultraviolet laser pulse down through the atmosphere and collects backscattered light, using a large 1.5m diameter telescope...   More



(Source: SatNews Publishers - Feb 13)

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