Stevenage Built Spacecraft to be Launched into Orbit Today
A press release published today by the UK Space Agency announced that a British built laser satellite will launch into orbit this evening at 21:20:09 (UTC) from French Guiana this evening, which you can watch here.
The purpose of this launch is for “…. the powerful laser on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Aeolus spacecraft [to] beam down into the atmosphere and measure wind speeds – a completely new approach that could revolutionise the accuracy of weather forecasting, helping to protect people from disasters like floods and hurricanes across the world” the U.K Space Agency said in their press statement today.
Despite this being the fifth ESA Earth exploration mission, the statement was also quick to clarify ESA’s independence from the European Union.
With the government’s pledge this July to commit £31.5 million to a spaceport in Sutherland it is clear that Britain’s space industry is growing in strength. For more details of the Aeolus mission mentioned above and Britain’s involvement, click here.