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
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.
26 August 2016
Jointly with partners in Canada, the European Space Agency is organizing a cornerstone event in the area of exploitation of data from Swarm and geodetic satellite missions, including GOCE, GRACE and future missions.
The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop will be held at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 20 to 24 March 2017 alongside the CryoSat North-American Science Meeting.
19 August 2016
Previous GPSR setting optimisation revealed that a wider L2 carrier loop bandwidth increased the robustness of the L2 carrier phase tracking. This is particularly evident in two bands parallel to the geomagnetic equator and in the regions around the geomagnetic poles, where phase residuals from precise orbit determination showed a significantly lower RMS.
Latest Mission Results News
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.
For the first time ever, two of ESA's flagship space missions - Cluster and Swarm - have joined forces to simultaneously measure the properties of Earth's magnetic field at two different altitudes.