What is Swarm?
Swarm is the fifth Earth Explorer mission approved in ESA's Living Planet Programme, and was successfully launched on 22 November 2013.
As part of the Third Party Missions programme, the e-POP instrument of the Canadian Space Agency's CASSIOPE mission joined the constellation in February 2018.
The research objectives of the Swarm mission is to provide the best-ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution as well as the electric field in the atmosphere using a constellation of 3 identical satellites carrying sophisticated magnetometers and electric field instruments.
Mission Operations News
18 September 2018
On 17 September 2018 an improved version for both L1B and L2 Cat-2 Operational Processors was transferred into operations. We are in the process of publishing the entire datasets generated with the latest processor versions (L1B and L2 Cat-2 outputs with the following Product Baseline and File Counter: ORBATT 0401; MAGNET 0505; PLASMA 0501; ACCELE 0401; IBI 0301 ; FAC 0301; TEC 0301)
29 August 2018
Due to a science packet corruption which occurred on the VFM (Vector Field Magnetometer) on board Swarm Bravo, the VFM science data (at 50 Hz rate) were not received from approximately 10:00 UTC on 19 August to 07:10 UTC on 27 August 2018 when the VFM was restarted.
Mission Scientific Highlights
29 June 2018
A team of researchers, supported under ESA's Basic Activities, has recently investigated a resourceful new method of monitoring space weather. They utilised the data from the Swarm and GOCE Earth Explorer missions, and from LISA Pathfinder to investigate whether platform magnetometer data could also be used for space weather diagnostics.
13 April 2018
The batch of new results from ESA's Swarm mission has not only included the highest-resolution map of the magnetic field generated by Earth's crust and a map of the tiny magnetic signals from the oceans, but also, remarkably, some unexpected insight into lightning in the upper atmosphere and geomagnetic storms.
19 October 2018
ESA is pleased to announce a new opportunity for the Swarm community to engage in research dealing with Core field signals in the Swarm measurements, in conjunction with other terrestrial and satellite data and to improve models (numerical/physical) of the rapid core dynamics.
ESA is pleased to announce an opportunity for the Swarm community to engage in research dealing with the coupling mechanisms and interactions between the upper and lower parts of the Earth's atmosphere.