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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.

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.

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Swarm Alpha VFM issue from 29 April to 01 May 2017: data regenerated

20 November 2018

With reference to the news published on 04 May 2017, we inform the Swarm users that the Swarm Alpha MAGx_LR_1B data from 29 April to 01 May 2017 have been regenerated and now can be found in the ESA FTP server.

Swarm Bravo VFM issue from 11 to 13 September 2017: data generated

20 November 2018

With reference to the news published on 14 September 2017, we inform the Swarm users that the Swarm Bravo MAGx_LR_1B data from 11 to 13 September 2017 have been generated and now can be found in the ESA FTP server.

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ESA's unexpected fleet of space weather monitors

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.


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Swarm turns to whistlers and storms

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.

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Swarm celebrates its 5th anniversary in space

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.

Third Call for Ideas for Swarm “New data products and services”

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.