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
07 October 2016
Due to a technical problem in the production chain, Level 1B data from Swarm Charlie for 2 October 2016 are currently not available, and Level 1B data from Swarm Alpha for 3 October 2016 are truncated from approximately 16:00 UTC. The gaps will be recovered as soon as possible.
An orbit collision manoeuvre of Swarm Bravo started on 23 August 2016 12:04:12z for a duration of 95s equivalent to 2cm/s. This manoeuvre has raised the orbit and therefore has been preceded and followed by a 180 degree slew.
Latest Mission Results News
04 October 2016
Oceans might not be thought of as magnetic, but they make a tiny contribution to our planet's protective magnetic shield. Remarkably, ESA's Swarm satellites have not only measured this extremely faint field, but have also led to new discoveries about the electrical nature of inner Earth.
10 May 2016
With more than two years of measurements by ESA's Swarm satellite trio, changes in the strength of Earth's magnetic field are being mapped in detail.