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Aeolus first light: first glimpse
Author(s): T. Kanitz; J. Lochard; J. Marshall; P. McGoldrick; O. Lecrenier; P. Bravetti; O. Reitebuch; M. Rennie; D. Wernham; A. Elfving

Paper Abstract

ESA deployed the first Doppler Wind lidar in space within its Earth Explorer Mission Aeolus. The objective of Aeolus is to provide tropospheric and lower stratospheric wind profiles globally for the improvement of weather forecasts on short and medium term. Spin-off products are profiles of atmospheric backscatter and extinctions coefficients and lidar ratio. The observations will also be used as input to air quality models and to verify climate model parameterization and predictability. After the successful launch in late August this year an intensive commissioning phase is taking place in the first three month of the mission, including the first switch on of the instrument ALADIN and its calibration in flight. First preliminary results will be presented during the talk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111801R (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2535982
Show Author Affiliations
T. Kanitz, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
J. Lochard, ADS Toulouse (France)
J. Marshall, ADS Stevenage (United Kingdom)
P. McGoldrick, ADS Stevenage (United Kingdom)
O. Lecrenier, ADS Toulouse (France)
P. Bravetti, Leonardo Via Industria (Italy)
O. Reitebuch, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
M. Rennie, ECMWF (United Kingdom)
D. Wernham, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
A. Elfving, European Space Agency (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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