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The IABG magnetic field simulation facility

The IABG magnetic field simulation facility


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

Outside view of the IABG magnetic field simulation facility in Ottobrunn, Germany. In June, the Solar Orbiter spacecraft underwent testing in this unique facility to validate its magnetic properties.

This facility is located just outside the IABG 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.

Last Update: 24 September 2019
14-Dec-2019 08:19 UT

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