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Wind satellite heads for final testing

The road to realising ESA's Aeolus mission may have been long and bumpy, but developing novel space technology is, by its very nature, challenging. With the satellite now equipped with its revolutionary instrument, the path ahead is much smoother as it heads to France to begin the last round of tests before being shipped to the launch site at the end of the year.
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Aeolus wind mission heads for test and launch

British engineers have finished assembling a satellite that experts believe could have a transformative impact on our weather forecasts.
The Aeolus spacecraft will fire a laser into the atmosphere to make the first three dimensional maps of wind behaviour across the entire planet.
The data will be incorporated into the models that project weather patterns a few days ahead.

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90 million laser shots bring wind satellite back on track

Developing new ways of monitoring Earth is always demanding, but ESA's Aeolus mission has faced some particularly difficult technical challenges. However, with the success of intense high-energy tests on its novel laser there is now light at the end of the tunnel for this unique mission.
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