EU Wind Survey Satellite ‘Aeolus’ Launched From French Guyana

A new European satellite named ‘Aeolus’ using advanced laser technology to track global winds and improve weather forecasts has been successfully put into orbit on a Vega rocket from French Guyana. 
It is part of a European project to monitor environmental damage and help disaster relief. The “Aeolus” satellite has been named after the guardian of wind in Greek mythology that took place at the European spaceport in Kourou. 

Source- BBC News

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • Aeolus is the fifth mission in ESA’s Earth Explorer series and also Arianespace’s 50th launch for the European Space Agency. 
  • Aeolus is part of the Copernicus project, a joint initiative of the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA) to track environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations.

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