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Swarm mission control ready for triple launch

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Swarm mission control ready for triple launch

19 November 2013 After months of intensive training, the Swarm mission control team are ready for liftoff on Friday. The team will carefully shepherd the trio of magnetic explorers through their critical launch and early orbit phase, ready to react to any problem.

The data from this new mission, planned to last four years, will be used to study the mysteries of Earth’s magnetic field, its interactions with the solar wind and relation to global change.

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Swarm launch: simultaneous separation

ESA’s Swarm mission is dedicated to identifying and measuring precisely the different magnetic signals that make up Earth’s magnetic field. The three identical Swarm satellites are launched together on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk in northern Russia. The tailor-made dispenser allows for simultaneous separation from the Rockot’s Breeze-KM upper stage.

Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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Update from Plesetsk: Day before launch day

ESA’s SWARM mission to study the Earth’s magnetic field is on its launch pad.

Lift off is currently scheduled at 13:02 CET, 22 November 2013, on top of a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk in Northern Russia.

Swarm is a constellation of three satellites flying in formation to measure the magnetic field from the centre of the Earth to the outermost reaches of the magnetosphere – the protective bubble that shields us from dangerous solar particles and radiation.

This video report from Plesetsk was recorded on 21 November and during the launch preparation campaign. It shows teams working on the Swarm satellites to integrate them together with the Breeze-KM upper stage and the protective aerodynamic fairing. It includes footage of the satellites' roll-out to the launch pad on 18 November and hoisting to the top of the Rockot launcher.

ESA's Swam Launch Campaign Manager Bruno Bergaglio provides a report from the launch pad, and the video ends with snowy November views of the town of Mirny, located just a few kilometres from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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