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Solar Orbiter in the magnetic field simulation facility

Solar Orbiter in the magnetic field simulation facility


Date: 27 June 2019
Satellite: Solar Orbiter
Location: IABG test facilities in Ottobrunn, Germany
Copyright: ESA–S. Corvaja

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft in the IABG magnetic field simulation facility in Ottobrunn, Germany. The facility is located just outside the premises in a nearby forest to avoid interference with human-generated magnetic fields, consists completely of non-magnetic materials like wood, and contains twelve 15-m coils – nearly as large as the building – to create a homogeneous magnetic environment that compensates Earth's own magnetic field, simulating outer space conditions.

Tests performed here in June verified the magnetic behaviour of the unpowered spacecraft, to make sure the magnetic field of Solar Orbiter is low enough so that the Magnetometer (MAG) instrument can operate at its most sensitive range.

Last Update: 23 September 2019
18-Oct-2019 08:20 UT

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