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
We are pleased to announce the new release of magnetic field data recorded by Fluxgate magnetometers operating on-board ESA's CryoSat mission.
01 July 2019
Starting from the week 8-14 April, a new version of the Swarm Quality Report will be introduced. The improvements of this new version consist in a shorter description of all the data quality controls with the aim to report only the most significant information.
Mission Scientific Highlights
15 May 2019
As far as we know, Earth's magnetic north has always wandered, but it has recently gained new momentum and is making a dash towards Siberia at a pace not seen before. While this has some practical implications, scientists believe that this sprint is being caused by tussling magnetic blobs deep below our feet.
The constant improvement in the strategies to operate the two Thermal Ion Imagers (TII) sensors on-board each Swarm spacecraft, defined by scientists and engineers in dedicated monthly TII anomaly review board meetings, allow a significant increase in TII data coverage, and a substantial improvement in TII data quality.
The Call for Ideas for Swarm "New data products and Services" closes on the 30th of June 2019.
For more information about the call can be found on the DTU.dk website.
The eighth Swarm Data Quality Workshop was held at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 8 to 12 October 2018. This workshop was instrumental in addressing the processing and use of Swarm data and defining a road map for the future.