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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.

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New extended plasma dataset from the Swarm Langmuir Probes available

30 June 2016

A new dataset has been delivered by the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) for instrument validation purposes and advanced studies involving ionospheric plasma.

Gaps expected in Swarm Bravo Science data between 22 and 23 June 2016

24 June 2016

Due to a Single Event Functional Interrupt that affected the on board computer mass memory of Swarm Bravo, we expect a gap of Science data between 22/06 15:12:59 UTC and 23/06 03:44:24 UTC.

New GPSR settings on Swarm C satellite

24 June 2016

Previous GPSR setting optimisation revealed that a wider L2 carrier loop bandwidth increased the robustness of the L2 carrier phase tracking.

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Earth's magnetic heartbeat

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.

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Seven ESA satellites team up to explore Earth's magnetic field

01 July 2015

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.