Daily Archives: November 4, 2013

SWARM Launch Delay

The Three Swarm Satellites.  Credit: ESA
The Three Swarm Satellites. Credit: ESA

An ambitious mission to learn about the mysteries of the Earth’s magnetic field has been delayed due to ‘technical issues’.

This delay follows a postponement of the Gaia mission, from the sounds the two delays are not related, but since specifics were not released that is only conjecture. Gaia’s delay was due to components in two transponders and the Swarm delay is to replace a part in the upper stage of the ‘Rockot’ launcher.

The delay will be only for a week and this should put the launch around the 21st instead of the 14th.

Visit the SWARM website.