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Swarm constellation deploys booms

23 November 2013

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Following the successful launch, another critical milestone has been passed. The three Swarm satellites have each deployed their four-metre long boom.

Carrying instruments essential to the mission, the boom trails at the back of the satellite.

The long booms were folded in the rocket fairing during launch.

During deployment, the booms swings gently back and forth before locking into position. Now deployed, each satellite measures just over nine metres in length.

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