NSS Magnetometer


The design of the tri-axial magnetometer uses Anisotropic Magneto-Resistive (AMR) sensors which are co-located with oset compensating circuitry. The offset compensating circuitry nulls the characteristic offset voltage of the AMR sensor and enhances the sensors performance. The sensor provides x-, y- and z-axes magnetic field component measurements, as well as a sensor temperature measurement which is used for the temperature compensation of the magnetic field measurement. Ideally mounted outside the spacecraft at the end of a rigid boom the NewSpace Systems magnetometer includes low noise, precision processing and analogue-to-digital conversion circuitry; all of which improves the linearity and reduces the drift sensitivity of the sensor head. The integrated processing circuitry and sensor head provide the mission an accurate and stable magnetic field measurement at low power consumption. The power requirement is a regulated 5 V DC supply while the measured x-, y- and z-axes magnetic field components are available as 0-5 V analogue outputs or optionally on a digital serial interface.

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• Small size and low mass
• Flexible interface options
• Radiation tolerant COTS
• Supplied with calibration matrix

  • Orthogonality: +/- 1°
  • Measurement range: -60,000nT to +60,000nT
  • Update rate: < 18Hz
  • Resolution: <8 nT
  • Noise density: <16 nT rms/Hz @ 1 Hz
  • Dimensions: 96x43x17mm
  • Mass: < 85g
  • Power: < 750mW
  • Thermal (operational): -25°C to +70°C
  • Vibration (qualification): 14g rms random vibration
  • Radiation: 10krad (component level)
  • Power supply: +5V DC
  • Data: RS-485
  • Connector: 9-pin Female Micro-D
  • Mechanical: 4off M3

• Can be used for the calculation of magnetorquer rods control torque levels
• Attitude determination sensor when used with an IGRF reference model
• Angular rate determination sensor by comparing successive measurements

Developed in collaboration with the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of Imperial College London; the sensor head first flew on the CINEMA mission and then as an integrated unit in July 2014. Since then the NewSpace magnetometer has had four further flights and is base-lined for three further missions.