SUA - Swarm Utilisation Analysis

Space weather describes the state and variations of the Earth’s natural space environment that can adversely affect humankind and its infrastructure in space and on ground. One of the foremost aims of space situational awareness (SSA) is to provide rapid space weather services to society and industry. ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme develops a system to monitor and predict space weather and to disseminate information and alerts. Continuous monitoring of the space environment including fast processing of observations is the crucial prerequisite to any space weather activities.

ESA’s Swarm satellite constellation mission provides key observables of space weather such as precise magnetic field variations, ionospheric plasma drift, electron density, thermospheric density, GPS-derived total electron content, and ionospheric currents and irregularities. This project evaluates the space weather capabilities of the Swarm mission and is of highest relevance for other, as well as future LEO missions with similar instrumentation.

Time Frame

2016 - 2017

Funding

The European Space Agency (ESA) through the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)

Principal Investigators

  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle (GFZ) - Primary Coordinator
  • Prof. Dr. Nils Olsen (DTU)
  • Dr. Magnar Gullikstad Johnsen (TGO)

Personnel

  • Dr. Guram Kervalishvili (GFZ)
  • Jan Rauberg (GFZ)
  • Dr. Stefanie Weege (GFZ)
  • Dr. Mirjam Langhans (GFZ)

Project Website

http://swe.ssa.esa.int/web/guest/gfz-sua-federated (Single Sign-On registration is required)

Cooperations

  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), Denmark
  • Tromsø Geophysical Observatory (TGO),  Norway
  • Institutul de Științe Spațiale (ISS), Romania
  • British Geological Survey (BGS), UK
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), UK
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), the Netherlands
  • Magyar Bányászati és Földtani Szolgálat (MFGI), Hungary

Contact

Claudia Stolle
Section Head
Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle
Geomagnetism
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
Building A 42, Room 227
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1230
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Guram Kervalishvili
Scientist
Dr. Guram Kervalishvili
Geomagnetism
+49 331 288-1882
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Scientist
Dipl.-Inf. Jan Rauberg
Geomagnetism
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
Building A 42, Room 216
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1238
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