2011 SuperDARN Workshop       

Swarm and SuperDARN

D. Knudsen (1), J. Burchill (1), R. Fiori (2) and D. Boteler (2)
(1) University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(2) Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

abstract. The European Space Agency's Swarm mission will include three satellites in circular polar orbits at altitudes between 400-530 km. Swarm is planned for launch in July 2012, and will make precision measurements of the geomagnetic field using a design similar to that of CHAMP. However, each Swarm satellite will also carry a new-generation of ion drift meter that records 2-D images of low-energy (<10 eV) ion distribution functions at a rate of two per second. From these distributions ion drift and temperature will be derived. Each satellite will also carry dual Langmuir probes capable of measuring electron density and temperature, also twice per second. This presentation is meant to introduce Swarm and its capabilities, and to stimulate planning for joint experiments with SuperDARN. Also, we wish to explore the possibility of joining Swarm and SuperDARN data together to produce regional and global convection maps.

Sakaguchi KaoriNICT Japan