IRF's Langmuir probes on Swarm are operational

Swarm constellation (Image: ESA)

Swarm constellation (Image: ESA/ATG Medialab)

IRF scientists Stephan Buchert and Anders Eriksson reported on Monday 2 December from ESOC in Darmstadt, "We have now verified that all our three Langmuir probe units on the Swarm satellites are alive in space! We have only seen housekeeping data so far, which means instrument status and some few samples of probe currents. As far as we can see, everything looks as it should. Real science data will be coming in tomorrow (Tuesday 3 December) and Wednesday."

For more information see IRF's Swarm page:

Created 2013-12-03 21:40:46 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2013-12-03 21:43:00 by Rick McGregor

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute which conducts research and postgraduate education in atmospheric physics, space physics and space technology. Measurements are made in the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and around other planets with the help of ground-based equipment (including radar), stratospheric balloons and satellites. IRF was established (as Kiruna Geophysical Observatory) in 1957 and its first satellite instrument was launched in 1968. The head office is in Kiruna (geographic coordinates 67.84° N, 20.41° E) and IRF also has offices in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.