The Swarm Utilisation Analysis (SUA) project is part of the ESA SSA SWE Activities - ESA SSA (Space Situational Awareness) SWE (Space Weather) is focusing on the monitoring conditions in the Sun and in the solar wind, and in Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere. Find out about Space Weather Products.
SWE describes the state and variations of the Earth's natural space environment that can adversely affect humankind and its infrastructure in space and on the ground. One of the foremost aims of SSA is to provide rapid space weather services to society and industry.
ESA's SSA programme develops a system to monitor and predict space weather and to disseminate information and alerts. Continuous monitoring of the space environment including fast processing of observations is the crucial prerequisite to any Space Weather activities. ESA's Swarm satellite constellation mission provides key observables of space weather such as precise magnetic field variations, ionospheric plasma drift, electron density, thermospheric density, GPS-derived total electron content, and ionospheric currents and irregularities.
The SUA project evaluates the space weather capabilities of the Swarm mission and will be of highest relevance for other, as well as future LEO missions with similar instrumentation.
Project duration: March 2016 - September 2017. Funded by ESA through the European Space Operations Centre.