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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Swarm -
Full Name Earth's Magnetic Field and Environment Explorers Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies ESA, CNES, CSA Launch Date 22 Nov 2013
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Dec 2019
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 87.5 deg
Orbit Altitude 450 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications A three-satellite constellation that is providing the best ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution to gain new insights into improving our knowledge of the Earth’s interior and climate. Canada contributes the electric field instrument that is required to correctly separate the measured magnetic field into its different sources.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements ACC, ASM, GPS Receiver (Swarm), Laser Reflectors (ESA), STR, VFM
Mission Instruments
ACC - Accelerometer
ASM - Absolute Scalar Magnetometer
EFI - Electric Field Instrument
GPS Receiver (Swarm) - GPS Receiver (Swarm)
Laser Reflectors (ESA) - Laser Reflectors
STR - Star Tracker Set (3)
VFM - Vector Field Magnetometer
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