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
19 January 2017
We inform the Swarm users that starting from today, 19 January 2017 at 11:00 UTC, a number of changes have been introduced in the Swarm data production to rationalise the product's filename extensions. There are no changes to files which have already been disseminated.
05 January 2017
We are pleased to inform the Swarm users that an updated version of the MAGx_LR_1B products (Product Baseline and File Counter 0501) is now available in the "Advanced" folder of the ESA FTP server. This dataset covers the time window from the beginning of the mission to the end of 2016 for all Swarm spacecraft.
Latest Mission Results News
19 December 2016
We would normally associate jet streams with the weather but, thanks to ESA's magnetic field mission, scientists have discovered a jet stream deep below Earth's surface - and it's speeding up.
28 October 2016
Satellite engineers have been puzzling over why GPS navigation systems on low-orbiting satellites like ESA's Swarm sometimes black out when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America. Thanks to Swarm, it appears 'thunderstorms' in the ionosphere are to blame.