Launch of Canadian Instruments Onboard Swarm Constellation

Longueuil, Quebec, November 21, 2013 – On November 22, the three satellites that form the Swarm constellation will be launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. This mission is part of the European Space Agency (ESA) Earth Explorer program.

The Swarm mission aims to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Earth's magnetic field. The fleet of three satellites will use the Canadian Electric Field Instrument (EFI) developed by the University of Calgary and built by COM DEV.

Representatives from the media will be able to view the launch live on the media section of ESA's website.

Time What Where

7:02 a.m. (EST)

Launch of the Swarm mission from Russia

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For interviews with Canadian Space Agency (CSA), University of Calgary and COM DEV's spokespersons, please contact their respective media relations group.

About Swarm

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Contact information:

Canadian Space Agency
Media Relations Office
Telephone: 450-926-4370

University of Calgary
Marie-Hélène Thibeault
Media Relations
Telephone: 403-220-7056

Gary Calhoun
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: 519-622-2300 ext. 2826

Craig MacPhail
TMX Equicom
Telephone: 416-815-0700 ext. 290