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.
The objective 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.
Latest Mission Operations News
10 April 2015
After the ASM on Swarm Charlie stopped its operations on 5 November 2014, the whole set of Level 1B magnetic data was not produced for that spacecraft. An improvement in the data processor has been recently introduced (for more details see the Swarm User Note) and the Level 1B magnetic data for Swarm Charlie based on the VFM instrument only have been recovered. The magnetic data coverage for Swarm Charlie is now complete.
New Swarm Level 1B data processor deployed in operations and Swarm Charlie magnetic data based on Vector Field Magnetometer available
27 February 2015
Since 24 February 2015, a new version of the Swarm Level 1B data processor has been deployed in operations. The most important feature to be noted is the capability to generate magnetic Level 1B products based on Vector Field Magnetometer inputs only, in order to cope with failures of the Absolute Scalar Magnetometer, as occurred on 5 November 2014 on Swarm Charlie.
Latest Mission Results News
19 June 2014
The first set of high-resolution results from ESA's three-satellite Swarm constellation reveals the most recent changes in the magnetic field that protects our planet.
07 May 2014
Although they were launched only five months ago, ESA's trio of Swarm satellites are already delivering results with a precision that took earlier missions 10 years to achieve.