The European Space Agency plans to launch the ADM-Aeolus satellite in 2007 carrying a laser-based Doppler LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) instrument. MDA is responsible for software that processes the LiDAR signals into wind speed information that shows the strength of winds at different altitudes. This detailed information assists meteorological agencies around the world to increase understanding of the atmospheric processes for climate studies and to improve the accuracy of numerical weather prediction.
The ADM-Aeolus spacecraft used in this mission is pre-operational. If this initial mission meets expectations, a series of Aeolus-type spacecraft may follow for use in operational weather forecasting.