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The Ulysses Magnetic Coil Facility at ESTEC (annotated)

The Ulysses Magnetic Coil Facility at ESTEC (annotated)

Date: 05 November 2009
Satellite: LISA Pathfinder
Depicts: The Ulysses Magnetic Coil Facility
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA

The Ulysses Magnetic Coil facility is one of 5 small magnetic measurement systems deployed in Europe and is used to test and characterise equipment units before integration on spacecraft requiring magnetic cleanliness.

The MCFs allow:

  • compensation of the Earth's magnetic field, using two pairs of Helmholtz coils
  • demagnetisation (also known as deperming) of equipment units
  • testing the susceptibility of equipment units to magnetisation (also know as perming)
  • automatic acquisition of the magnetic field from equipment units while rotating them through 360° and computation of equivalent Multiple Dipole Models of them (by solving the associated inverse problem through non-linear optimisation)

For further details see the article "Magnetic Coil Facility" linked on the right-hand menu.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
2-Mar-2024 17:11 UT

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