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Swarm Satellites, Earth's magnetic field
Floyd
post Nov 23 2013, 01:24 PM
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The 3 satellites that comprise Swarm were successfully launched.

News story NBC News (link will probably be short lived)

Wikipedia link

ESA link


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marsbug
post Nov 30 2013, 01:35 PM
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Going into space to learn about the insides of Earth - fascinating!


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post Nov 30 2013, 02:48 PM
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One of "key" instruments on board is micro-accelerometer ACC (MAC-04) measuring non gravitational perturbing accelerations (air drag, winds, Earth albedo).
It was made in Czech and just two days ago they were powered up, unlocked and tested - they survived launch and meneuvering in perfect condition on all three satelites - Yes! ... BIG relief for czech team and our local kosmo-gang smile.gif
... sorry guys, I couldn't resist.

Many mission details including instrumentation in case someone's interested: https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal...issions/s/swarm
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