Swarm DISC

Third Call for Ideas for Swarm "New data products and services"

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.

The three Swarm satellites Alpha, Bravo and Charlie have now provided almost 5 years of data of Earth's geomagnetic field and associated plasma environment. The first “Call for new ideas”, published in May 2016, resulted in 29 submissions, while the second Call, published in May 2017, yielded 16 additional ideas. Together they led to four new projects (see https://earth.esa.int/swarm/disc/new-products-services) and several batches of new Invitations To Tender (ITTs) being published by the Swarm Data, Innovation and Science Cluster (Swarm DISC) - an ESA-funded international consortium comprising 26 partners from Europe, Canada and the US. Further, Swarm DISC provided recommendations for progression of other ideas through letters of support to national institutions or inclusion in future ESA work programmes, pre-studies, workshops, etc.

This third Call for ideas is directed at further enhancing the return on investment of the Swarm mission, now including a fourth satellite: Swarm Echo, also known as CASSIOPE/E-POP (https://epop.phys.ucalgary.ca). In particular, we invite ideas that combine Swarm measurements with data from other satellite missions.

New concepts may be based on Swarm data only, and/or merged with data from other satellites or ground-based measurements that will support Swarm. The call is not targeting scientific research, but rather the operational implementation of data products or services. Concepts may include, for example, the enhancement of an existing Swarm data product, the implementation of a web-service to generate products, or the generation of products by including data from other satellites or ground-based observations. New data products may become part of the Swarm data distribution, and possibly the virtual research services VirES for Swarm (http://vires.services), open and available to all. More information is available on the Data Access page https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/swarm/data-access.

As a rough order of magnitude, the budget of a contract may vary from one-half Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) to one FTE. Please note that the present call for ideas does not imply that a contract will necessarily be placed.

A fully updated description of the current Swarm data products is available on the Swarm Data Handbook (https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/missions/esa-eo-missions/swarm/data-handbook). Selection and development of new Swarm data products and services is carried out through a two-step process, beginning with this open call for ideas. In a second step, ideas will be reviewed by the Swarm DISC Advisory Board (DAB) composed of scientists from the Swarm product algorithm providers and scientific collaborating institutions. They will select ideas suitable as basis for open Invitation(s) to Tender (ITT) for Implementation Contracts to support the development of each new product/service and possibly to sustain their operations – or consider other avenues relevant to recommend for further progression of the ideas.

Interested individuals or groups are encouraged to submit new Swarm product/service ideas by 01 December 2018, via email to Swarm_DISC_CallForIdeas@space.dtu.dk using the proposal template available at SwarmDISC-CallForIdeas-Template-v3. The review by the DAB will mainly assess the level of maturity and the level of validation of the new product/service, and report the proposal assessment back to the respective point of contact. The DAB will provide a consolidated recommendation to Swarm DISC and ESA for further progression of the most valuable topics through open Invitations to Tender, workshops or other means.

Following the review of the submitted ideas, the competitive ITT process and subsequent implementation of the contracts will be managed by Swarm DISC - under the supervision of ESA. The ITTs for Implementation Contracts will be published on the Swarm DISC ITT page (http://space.dtu.dk/swarm_disc_itts), and a news bulletin provided via EMITS. The implementation ITTs will only be open to ESA member or collaborating states participating to EOEP.

Any further questions can be directed to Swarm_DISC_CallForIdeas@space.dtu.dk.




Nils Olsen
Professor -head of Geomagnetism
DTU Space
+4545 25 97 08


Jens Kristian Jensen
Project Koordinator
DTU Space
+4545 25 97 76


Poul Erik Holmdahl Olsen
Project Manager, Chief Consultant
DTU Space
+4545 25 97 12