’Dutch’ windsatelliet the space: even better to predict the weather

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KOUROU – Europe Wednesday of a new satellite into space. It is the Aeolus, which coming years, exactly in the map should bring the wind on the earth blowing. In many places, that is namely unknown and that makes weather forecasts is uncertain.

The launch was actually scheduled for Tuesday, but was not. The reason: the wind was blowing too hard.

The Aeolus, is named after the ruler of the winds in ancient Greek mythology. He goes to a height of 320 km and runs in an hour and a half time around the earth, from the north pole to the south pole and back again. The earth slowly pulls him along, making each track a different piece of the planet comes into the picture. In a week’s time the whole planet is mapped.

During the flight, sends the satellite laserbundels to the earth. The atmosphere reflects the rays back. Along the way, changes the signal by which the beam encounters. A special computer system can on the basis thereof calculate which winds the radius on the road is encountered.

The netherlands is also involved in the mission. The computer system that the lasermetingen of the satellite translates to wind data, is made by the KNMI. The solar panels that the satellite power give, of Airbus Defence and Space in Leiden, in the past, Dutch Space Fokker Aerospace was called.

The launch takes place at the European ruimtebasis in Kourou, French Guiana. Take off is scheduled for 23.20:09 pm Dutch time. The mission lasts in each case three years, and may still be two years longer.

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