Aim: ESA mission to provide the best ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution.
The ESA Swarm mission, planned for 2012, consists of a constellation of three CHAMP-like satellites in three different polar orbits between 400 and 550 km altitude. The main objective of the Swarm mission is to provide the best ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, and gain new insights into improving our knowledge of the Earth's interior and near-Earth's magnetic environment. High-precision and high-resolution measurements of the strength and direction of the magnetic field will be provided by each satellite. In combination, they will provide the necessary observations that are required to model various sources of the geomagnetic field. We are involved in this mission through some scientific studies with ESA and the contractor, EADS.