|Launch||22 August 2018, 21:20:09 UTC|
Aeolus is a Doppler lidar wind profiler satellite of the European Space Agency. It had a launch mass of 1,357 kilograms (2,992 lb) and a 3 years design lifetime. It was released 54 minutes and 57 seconds after launch into a very low dawn-dusk orbit, at an altitude of roughly 320 km.
The launch occurred from the ELV launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on 22 August 2018 at 21:20:09 UTC (22 August 2018 at 18:20:09 local time). It was the 299th Arianespace mission (the 5th in 2018), the 50th (the 8th Earth observation mission) for the European Space Agency, and the 12th successful Vega launch (the 1st in 2018).
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