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Sweden's first satellite, launched on 22 February 1986 from Kourou, French Guyana, into an 800 by 13,500 km polar orbit. It carried five different instruments built by groups in Sweden, Denmark, France, Canada, and the United States. The Alfvén Laboratory was responsible for the instrument measuring the electric field. The main scientific objective of the project was to investigate the auroral acceleration processes, by flying through the region where the acceleration is believed to take place. Operations ceased on 12 May 1987 but data analysis is still in progress.

The group has authored or co-authored more than 60 refereed publications based on data from the electric field instrument on Viking.

Overview Electric Field Data are available online.

For more information contact Göran Marklund.

Published by: School of Electrical Engineering

Last updated: 2013-06-18