PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) has contracted with Eurockot for the launch of two Earth observation missions — Swarm, a constellation of three satellites to be launched in mid-2012 to study the Earth’s magnetic field, and another mission to be named later. Both will be orbited from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia using the Astrium-Khrunichev venture’s Rockot launch vehicle. Swarm will be the fourth mission in ESA’s Earth Explorer series. Rockot was utilized last ...

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