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A journey to the centre of the Earth

Swarm satellite trio to explore the Earth’s geomagnetic field

Swarm will, in a manner of speaking, follow in the footsteps of Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Today, however, it is no longer necessary to dig tunnels or drill holes in order to take a close look at the composition of the Earth’s interior and the processes taking place there. With Swarm this can be achieved from orbit.

The completion of the first flight unit of the Swarm satellite trio at Airbus Defence and Space in Friedrichshafen represents a milestone in the European Space Agency's mission to explore the Earth’s geomagnetic field. The purpose of the Swarm mission is to analyse, in unprecedented detail, the geomagnetic field and its evolution over time. The results of the mission will help to improve our understanding of the Earth's interior and climate. The trio of satellites are set for launch from Plesetsk in 2012.

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