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
16 August 2018
A gap in data acquired by the Electric Field Instrument (EFI) on the Swarm Charlie spacecraft occurred on 07 August 2018. The duration of this gap was from 14:46:31 to 14:53:12 UTC and was due to a gain map update.
06 August 2018
Due to a test performed on the ASM (Absolute Scalar Magnetometer) commanded in burst mode on board Swarm Alpha, the magnetic field intensity derived from the ASM in the MAGA_LR_1B and MAGA_CA_1B products is set to zero from 24 July 2018 at 14:44 UTC to 26 July 2018 at 07:00 UTC.
Mission Scientific Highlights
29 June 2018
A team of researchers, supported under ESA's Basic Activities, has recently investigated a resourceful new method of monitoring space weather. They utilised the data from the Swarm and GOCE Earth Explorer missions, and from LISA Pathfinder to investigate whether platform magnetometer data could also be used for space weather diagnostics.
13 April 2018
The batch of new results from ESA's Swarm mission has not only included the highest-resolution map of the magnetic field generated by Earth's crust and a map of the tiny magnetic signals from the oceans, but also, remarkably, some unexpected insight into lightning in the upper atmosphere and geomagnetic storms.
We invite abstract submissions for the "New and Emerging Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Science from Remote and In Situ Spacecraft Measurements: The First 5 Years of Swarm" session at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting which will take place from 10 to 14 December in Washington D.C.
The abstract deadline is 1 August 2018 at 23:59 EDT so act soon to submit your paper.
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