Lift off for British Aeolus weather satellite which promises to end Michael

But with the name Aeolus, it was never going to be plain sailing for the European Space Agency’s latest Earth Observation satellite.  At exactly 10.20 BST the Jupiter mission control centre in French Guiana, South America, gave the final green light for lift-off following a nail-biting week which saw the launch delayed by 24 hours- ironically because of strong winds.  Christened for the ancient god who granted Odysseus the gift of favourable sea gusts, the craft was expected to launch 11 years ago to monitor global winds,… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The world just became a little bit safer tonight as Europe’s groundbreaking wind-monitoring satellite finally blasted into orbit – ridding the world of Michael Fish moments.