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16 August 2018
A gap in data acquired by the Electric Field Instrument (EFI) on the Swarm Charlie spacecraft occurred on 07 August 2018. The duration of this gap was from 14:46:31 to 14:53:12 UTC and was due to a gain map update.
06 August 2018
Due to a test performed on the ASM (Absolute Scalar Magnetometer) commanded in burst mode on board Swarm Alpha, the magnetic field intensity derived from the ASM in the MAGA_LR_1B and MAGA_CA_1B products is set to zero from 24 July 2018 at 14:44 UTC to 26 July 2018 at 07:00 UTC.
The Swarm A GPS receiver rebooted on 26 July 2018 at 05:07:02 UTC autonomously. The GPS receiver data and time synchronization were available again at 05:29:47 UTC. The satellite's orbit and attitude seem unaffected by the anomaly. While the investigation is ongoing, it seems that there is no impact on the good health of the GPS receiver.
We invite abstract submissions for the "New and Emerging Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Science from Remote and In Situ Spacecraft Measurements: The First 5 Years of Swarm" session at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting which will take place from 10 to 14 December in Washington D.C.
The abstract deadline is 1 August 2018 at 23:59 EDT so act soon to submit your paper.
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.
Modelling of non-gravitational forces such as drag or solar radiation pressure requires knowledge of the thermo-optical properties and geometry of the outer surfaces of the spacecraft. These are now provided in a memorandum and can be accessed here.
21 June 2018
All validated Swarm Level 1b and Level 2 products are now freely accessible to all users via anonymous FTP or any HTTP browser.
ESA has started a process to improve the Earth Observation data distribution services, aiming at facilitating access to data and information for the end users, initially by shortening the access path and reviewing authentication and authorisation processes.
05 June 2018
Due to an anomaly that occurred on the VFM (Vector Field Magnetometer) on board Swarm Alpha, the VFM science data (at 50 Hz rate) was not received from 02 June 2018 at 09:52 UTC to 03 June 2018 at 09:14:34 UTC.
01 June 2018
On 30 May 2018 a technical issue caused a telemetry data gap in S/C C from 21:14:47 to 23:12:23 UTC.
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