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