BackForward Satellite Programme: Atmospheric Dynamics Mission - Aeolus 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single satellite programme demonstrating the use of lidar to monitor atmospheric dynamics.
  • Earth Explorer core mission in the framework of the ESA Living Planet programme.  ESA responsible of development and operations.
  • The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time of the satellite is 4 years.
  • The satellite exploits the dawn-dusk orbit at 6:00.
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Data circulation
  • Onboard stored data downlinked to the Svalbard station and possibly to other X-band stations.
  • Data processed at the ESA’s Payload Data Ground Segment, Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati (Rome).
Agencies ESA
Programme lifetime 2018 - 2021
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned