Mission: To provide the most accurate and up-to-date survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, in order to improve our understanding of the Earth's interior and climate, thus gaining new insight.
Launch: November 22, 2013
DTU Space's involvement: DTU Space leads the international cooperation behind the Swarm mission. Swarm consists of three satellites, which will work together to measure the Earth magnetic field. Constellation of three satellites improves the accuracy of measurements with up to ten times compared to previous, single satellites that have measured the magnetic field.
DTU Space has developed and will deliver the vector magnetometers and the star cameras to the mission. Each of the three Swarm satellites will have a scalar magnetometer, which measures the magnitude of the magnetic field, a vector magnetometer, which measures the direction of the magnetic field and a star camera, which provides the satellite's orientation in space.