Technical information about Swarm satellite mission

  • Start: November 22, 2013
  • Satellite-launching rocket: Rockot
  • Test phase: 3 month
  • Duration of mission: 4 Years (potenially longer)
  • Satelite mass: je 486kg
  • Orbit type: zircular, polar
  • Altitude Sat.A,C: 460-300 km
  • Altitude Sat. B: 510km
  • Separation A,C: 87.3°
  • Inclination Sat B: 88°
  • Separation A,C: 1.4° in length
  • Difference of local time from Sat. A,C Sat. B: 0...9h

Scientific instruments

  • Skalarmagnetometer
  • Vektormagnetometer (VFM)
  • Electric field & Plasmainstrument (EFI)
  • Starcams(STR)
  • GNSS receiver (GPSR)
  • Accelerometer (ACC)
  • Laser-Retro-Reflektor (LRR)

Principal Contractor: EADS Astrium, Friedrichshafen
Satellite control ESOC, Ground stations Svalbard & Kiruna Prozessierungszentrum and User service thru ESRIN

Downdload: Astrium Factsheet
                       ESA Factsheet

Development of path height