Swarm is dedicated to creating a highly detailed survey of the Earth’s geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution as well as the electric field in the atmosphere using a constellation of three identical satellites.
Within the IDEAS-QA4EO ESA project a precision filter radiometer (PFR) travelling standard was installed at the European calibration site of AERONET to provide continuous traceability of aerosol optical depth measurements to the World reference maintained at Davos through a PFR Triad.
ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board has unanimously approved the integration of the Federated Satellite Systems (FSSCat) mission, the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) instrument on-board the GEO-KOMPSAT-2B satellite and the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, as Third Party Missions.
Topside Ionosphere Radio Observations from multiple LEO-missions (TIRO) project will provide two measurements from onboard instruments of LEO satellite missions: TEC (Total Electron Content) derived from GNSS signals, and electron density derived from KBR (K-Band Ranging) system observations.
In the project, Plasmapause Related boundaries in the topside Ionosphere as determined from Swarm Measurements (PRISM), the team develop products that characterise position of the plasmapause related phenomena in the topside ionosphere.
The ionospheric signature of auroral and subauroral fast flows project is a Living Planet Fellowship research project that aims to advance the understanding of narrow regions of fast flow in the auroral and subauroral regions.
Swarm Investigation of the Energetics of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling (SIEMIC) project is a Living Planet Fellowship research project to discover how much energy flows from the magnetosphere to the ionosphere at which scales into each hemisphere?
Aeolus’s telescope requires periodic collimation and refocussing. To this end, the Instrument Telescope Refocussing activity aims to improve the radiometric performance of the Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (ALADIN)’s telescope by optimizing the throughput at the field stop, the smallest aperture where the return light has to pass. This is done through a change of the temperature settings on the telescope.
Strateole-2 is a French-US project supported by ESA that uses CNES superpressure balloons drifting around the globe to study the climate processes in the Tropical Tropopause Layer (TTL) and the lower stratosphere, helping Aeolus validation activities along the way.