The last general test of Aeolus, which will start in a Vega rocket from the European spaceport of Kurú (French Guyana), took place last Friday at the European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, emphasizes the site space travel.
During this test experts in mission operations, flight dynamics, ground stations and software systems worked together with their counterparts to practice the pre-launch and take-off series.
The satellite will carry the Aladin instrument, which contains laser technology to send pulses of ultraviolet light into the atmosphere in order to create a profile of the planet's winds.
According to the director of ESA Earth Observation Program, Josef Aschbacher, Aeolus has presented a number of technical challenges, but it is still something entirely new, because the wind has never been measured from the cosmos.
The celestial body will change the way to understand the dynamics of the atmosphere and will have a clear application from day to day because it will improve weather forecasts, he said.
Experts believe that this new mission aims to shed light on how the wind influences the exchange of heat and humidity between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere, two important aspects to understanding climate change.