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
11 February 2019
We inform the Swarm users that on 31 January 2019 at 15:22 UTC, Swarm B experienced a SEFI (Single Event Functional Interrupt) event. As a consequence, the dump of this packet store was aborted autonomously.
With reference to the news published on 29 August 2018, we inform the Swarm users that the Swarm Bravo magnetic field data from 19 to 28 August 2018 have been generated and now can be found in the ESA ftp server.
Mission Scientific Highlights
08 February 2019
Since it was first measured in 1831, we have known that the magnetic north is constantly on the move. However, its tendency to slowly roam has stepped up a pace recently – so much so that the World Magnetic Model has had to be updated urgently with the pole's new location, vital for navigation on smartphones, for example. ESA's magnetic field Swarm mission has been key for this update.
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.
23 November 2018
On 22 November 2018 the Swarm mission celebrated its 5th birthday. Our mission is still in good health and continues to collect ground-breaking data on the various components of the magnetic field and on the near-Earth environment and their dynamics.
06 November 2018
This announcement is to solicit further ideas for "New data products and services" for enhancing the outcome of the European Space Agency's satellite constellation mission Swarm.