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End of the beginning for Swarm trio

26 November 2013

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Reaching a significant milestone for ESA's magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission.

Over the weekend, ground controllers at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Germany shepherded the three satellites through multiple checks, ensuring that all systems were working as expected.

The fog-shrouded launch of Swarm on 22 November brought the three satellites into orbit at about 490 km altitude, marking the end the Rockot launcher's mission and the start of Swarm's.

This latest Earth observation mission is tasked with delivering exacting data to improve our understanding of how our planet's magnetic field is generated and why it changes.

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