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
17 May 2019
We would like to inform Swarm users that an EFI/TII gain calibration map has been executed on 12 May 2019 onboard Swarm Alpha.
06 May 2019
We would like to inform Swarm users that an on-board anomaly occurring on Swarm Charlie caused data gaps on all L0, L1A and L1B data products from 28 April 2019 onwards.
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.
This announcement is to solicit further ideas for "New data products and services" for enhancing the outcome of the European Space Agency's satellite mission Swarm.
01 March 2019
Swarm DISC has just released two new Invitations To Tender for the generation of new data products supporting the exploitation of the Swarm mission. Please visit the Swarm DISC ITT website for further information.