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Aeolus, also known as the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission (ADM) or ADM-Aeolus, is part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Earth Explorers program which will also contribute to the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Observing System (GOS). Equipped with a Doppler lidar instrument, Aeolus will build a profile of winds in the Earth’s atmosphere below 20 kilometers (12 miles, 11 nautical miles): a range of altitudes covering the troposphere and the lower reaches of the stratosphere.

Alternate Names

  • 43600

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-08-22
Launch Vehicle: Vega
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • European Space Agency (International)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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