EU's wind re­search satel­lite sent to Earth's or­bit

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The Euro­pean Union has sent to the Earth’s or­bit a satel­lite to study global wind pat­terns that could help im­prove weather fore­cast­ing.

French news agency AFP re­ported on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 22, that the Ae­o­lus satel­lite called by the name of the guardian of wind in Greek mythol­ogy will be placed at an al­ti­tude of 320 kilo­me­tres above the Earth and is equipped with a a Dop­pler wind laser sys­tem in­tended to ac­cu­rately mea­sure global wind pat­terns from space. «This mis­sion will thus provide much-needed data to im­prove the qual­ity of weather fore­cast­ing as well as con­tribut­ing to long-term cli­mate re­search,» French satel­lite rocket pro­duc­tion and launch firm Ari­anes­pace ex­plained. The satel­lite launch is in the frame­work of the the Coper­ni­cus project, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Euro­pean Union and the Euro­pean Space Agency (ESA) to study en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age and aid dis­as­ter re­lief op­er­a­tions.

AFP/SCANPIX

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