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Swarm on the launch pad

18 November 2013

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Preparations for Friday's launch of ESA's magnetic explorer have reached an important milestone - the constellation is now in the Plesetsk launch tower.

The team in northern Russia said farewell to the three Swarm satellites at the weekend as they sealed them from view within the rocket's fairing, which protects them from the rigours of launch.

This marks the culmination of two months of work testing and preparing the Swarm constellation for launch at the cosmodrome.

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