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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

Internal view of the IABG magnetic field simulation facility in Ottobrunn, Germany. In June, the Solar Orbiter spacecraft underwent testing in the chamber above the wooden platform visible in this view 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: 8 November 2019
14-Jul-2024 10:46 UT

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