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Aeolus flies with RUAG brain

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) wind satellite, Aeolus, is set to launch in late August and will use a special laser to observe air currents and winds. RUAG Space created the central computer (or “brain”) that is powering the satellite.
Aeolus is the first space mission to acquire profiles of the wind on a global scale. These near-realtime observations will improve the accuracy of numerical weather and climate prediction and advance our understanding of tropical dynamics and processes relevant to climate variability.

The RUAG Space site in Sweden designed and produced the Satellite Management Unit, which is the central computer for the Aeolus satellite. “We are proud to be creating the ‘brains’ behind numerous satellites currently in orbit. More than 350 of our On-Board Computers have been successfully launched into space, and we look forward to continuing to work with partners such as ESA for these important missions,” says Peter Guggenbach, CEO, RUAG Space.

RUAG Space also delivered structures and mechanisms for the satellite as well as the thermal insulation, which protects the Aeolus satellite from extreme heat and cold in space. RUAG Space is Europe's market leader in thermal insulation for satellites. The products have been delivered to the satellite builder and prime contractor Airbus Defence and Space.

Aeolus will be launched on a Vega rocket. The rocket will be equipped with a payload fairing produced by RUAG Space and – like the satellite – with a central computer or “brain” from RUAG Space.
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November 20 2018 6:51 pm V11.9.5-1