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http://www.eurockot.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20041105&Itemid=76

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On April 09, 2010 the European Space Agency (ESA) and Eurockot sigend a contract for a total of two launches: The combined launch of the three SWARM satellites is currently scheduled for mid 2012 while a second launch under this contract is termed generic launch for which ESA will select the relevant spacecraft in the near future from a range of potential candidate missions.

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ESA - Swarm updates

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27174.0
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http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM8BNZWD2H_index_0.html

From ESA Bulletin Number 150 (Page 83)

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The launch has been delayed to August/September. ESA is still awaiting the launch manifest for 2012 for the Rockot launcher from the Russian Ministry of Defence, indicating the launch date for Swarm.

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The launch will be not earlier than middle of October.

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According to Novosti kosmonavtiki forum, the launch is planned on November 13th.

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Swarm launch expected mid November 2013

The next Rockot launch is now scheduled on the 10th of September 2013. The Swarm launch would then be scheduled in November 2013, the 17th being the provisional date.

http://smsc.cnes.fr/SWARM/actualites.htm
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12/09/2013 Succesful Rokot launch last night

Three Gonets-M communications satellites were sucessfully launched last night, from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, by a Russian Rokot launcher. The launch, which took place at 23:23 UTC on wednesday (03:23 Moscow time on thursday), marked Rokot's return to flight after a nine-month suspension. Flights were suspended since January 2013, after the rocket's Briz-KM booster failed to deliver three military satellites into their designated orbits, resulting in the loss of one of the satellites.

Good news for the Swarm mission, which should be the next to be launched by this rocket, on the 14th of Novembre 2013.
 
09/2013 Swarm launch scheduled for November 14th, 2013

ESA confirmed the 14/11/13 date for the launch of the 3 Swarm satellites from Plessetsk base (subjected to the success of upcoming Rockot launch scheduled on the 12/09/13). The launch campaign will thus soon begin. The 3 satellites are in their containers, ready for expedition, they will be transported to Plessetsk by plane respectively on the 17, 19 and 21/09.

http://smsc.cnes.fr/SWARM/actualites.htm

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The first of the three Astrium-built Swarm research satellites is on its way to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. An Ilyushin-76, headed for Russia, took off from Munich Airport this morning. The remaining two satellites, plus the test and installation equipment, will follow at two-day intervals, amounting to a total of 63 tonnes of freight. The trio of satellites will be launched simultaneously from Plesetsk (around 800 kilometres northeast of Moscow) on a single Rockot launch vehicle in November 2013.

http://aerospace.firetrench.com/2013/09/the-swarm-takes-flight/

http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=2878
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09/17/2013

Swarm Launch Campaign Started

The launch campaign for the three Swarm satellites  Eurockot will launch for the European Space Agency started today when the first of the satellites was flown into Pero Airfield at Plesetsk Cosmodrome after customs clearance at ArchangelAirport.

The remaining two satellites will follow on September 19 and 21, 2013. The departure point for all three satellites is MunichAirport.

The launch team made up of ESA, Astrium, Khrunichev and Eurockot personnel arrived at Plesetsk Cosmodrome the previous week to prepare for the start of the campaign in situ.

The spacecraft will now be taken to the Rockot spacecraft preparation, fuelling and integration facility (MIK) from Pero Airfield for unpacking and further processing.

Swarm is a constellation of three satellites which will explore the Earth`s magnetic field and its change with unprecedented accuracy as part of the European Space Agency`s Earth Explorer range of climate research satellites.

They were built by Astrium GmbH and have a mass of about 500 kg each. Rockot will launch the three satellites together and inject them simultaneously into a Low Earth Orbit of 490 km altitude at 87.6 degrees inclination. Eurockot was awarded the launch contract in 2010 by the European Space Agency.

http://www.eurockot.com/2013/09/swarm-launch-campaign-started/

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http://blogs.esa.int/eolaunches/2013/09/24/three-in-a-row/

Three Swarm satellites in Plesetsk

Image credit: ESA/M. Shafiq

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10/07/2013
Daily 21 (L-34)

The fuelling team has rearranged the Freon loading equipment today. The Swarm No.1 was moved to 101B so that Astrium can start with the fuelling preparation for the last of the three Swarm satellites this week.

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10/08/2013
Daily 22 (L-33)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, started with further Swarm No. 1 satellite processing for the Freon loading. The loading itself is planned for tomorrow. While the Swarm No. 1 tanks have been vented, the Swarm No. 2 spacecraft has undergone functional tests.  Later today leak checks will be performed on the Swarm No. 1.

Since some of the experts here will leave the cosmodrome in a couple of days, a picture of the Swarm team was taken outside the processing facility MIK (see photo).

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10/09/2013
Daily 23 (L-32)

Today the Freon loading of the third spacecraft (Flight Model 1) has started. In parallel to this activity the work on two other satellites was continued. They underwent a launch set-up procedure dry-run.

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10/10/2013
Daily 24 (L-31)

D24_SWARM_LaunchPadVisit_2013-10-10_sThe Freon loading on the third Swarm spacecraft (FM1) continued while the other two spacecraft (FM2, FM3) underwent further functional testing. The campaign team visited today the Rockot launch pad.

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Daily 25 (L-30)

D25_SWARM_FM1_fuelled-2_2013-10-11_sThe propellant loading for Swarm spacecraft FM1 has been completed so that it is ready to be moved back from clean room 101B to the dedicated spacecraft room 101A to join its siblings FM2 and FM3. The area in 101B will be needed for operations on the Breeze-KM upper stage and the payload fairing, which both have been unloaded today.

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Daily 26 (L-29)

D26_US-PLF_2013-10-12_sWhile all three Swarm spacecraft have been reunited in clean room 101A, the Breeze-KM upper stage, unloaded into the General Hall, is being prepared for pneumatic checkouts. At a later point, the payload fairing will be transferred from the General Hall into 101B which has just been cleared after the completion of spacecraft fueling activities.

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Daily 28 (L-28)

The work on the launch vehicle (LV) and spacecraft (SC) has been continued today. All activities with the LV transportation and launch container (TLC) planned for today were finished so that it can be transported to the launch pad on coming Wednesday. Preparation for the upper stage pneumatic checks were continued.

Since the major mission specific instruments onboard the SC are magnetometers, constant monitoring of the magnetic environment in the SC clean room is carried out. Here on the picture a person from the Khrunichev subcontractor company called Sotis is performing reading of the magnetic values in the SC clean room.

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Daily 29 (L-27)

Snow has arrived at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome where preparation to launch ESA's Swarm continues with the pneumatic checks of the Breeze-KM upper stage and the preparation of the payload fairing for integration by Eurockot's partner Khrunichev. Meanwhile, with the spacecraft fuelling operations completed, spacecraft end-to-end tests are conducted by the Astrium team.

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