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 would like to inform the Swarm users that the 2 Hz Langmuir Probes extended dataset coverage has been increased in the ESA FTP server. The data now cover the time interval from 02 December 2013 to 11 December 2017 for all Swarm spacecraft.
15 February 2018
We would like to inform the Swarm users that the 2 Hz TII Cross-Track data flow dataset has been extended in the ESA FTP server.
Mission Scientific Highlights
22 February 2018
With the aim of making the best possible use of existing satellites, ESA and Canada have made a deal that turns Swarm into a four-satellite mission to shed even more light on space weather and features such as the aurora borealis.
15 February 2018
The Sun bathes our planet in the light and heat it needs to sustain life, but it also bombards us with dangerous charged particles in solar wind. Our magnetic field largely shields from this onslaught, but like many a relationship, it's somewhat complicated. Thanks to ESA's Swarm mission the nature of this Earth–Sun coupling has been revealed in more detail than ever before.
Announcements and Opportunities
22 December 2017
We take the opportunity to thank the Swarm user community for the excellent collaboration in 2017 and during the first four years of the Swarm mission.
22 November 2017
Exactly four years ago a Rockot launch vehicle carrying the three precious Swarm satellites blasted off from the launch site in Plesetsk. Since then our mission has been continuously collecting ground-breaking data on the various components of the magnetic field and on the near-Earth environment and their dynamics.