06 Jul 2022
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Automated Static Magnetic Cleanliness Screening for the TRACERS Small-Satellite Mission

Cole J. Dorman, Chris Piker, and David M. Miles

Abstract. The Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS) Small Explorers mission requires high-fidelity magnetic field measurements for its magnetic reconnection science objectives and for its technology demonstration payload MAGnetometers for Innovation and Capability (MAGIC). TRACERS needs to minimize the local magnetic noise through a magnetic cleanliness program such that the stray fields from the spacecraft and its instruments do not distort the local geophysical magnetic field of interest. Here we present an automated magnetic screening apparatus and procedure to enable technicians to routinely and efficiently measure the magnetic dipole moments of potential flight parts to determine whether they are suitable for spaceflight. This procedure is simple, replicable, and accurate down to a dipole moment of 1.59 × 10-3 N m T-1. It will be used to screen parts for the MAGIC instrument and other subsystems of the TRACERS satellite mission to help ensure magnetically clean measurements on-orbit.

Cole J. Dorman et al.

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  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-480', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Aug 2022
    • CC1: 'Reply on RC1', Cole J Dorman, 19 Feb 2023
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Cole J. Dorman et al.

Cole J. Dorman et al.


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Short summary
Magnetic field measurements in space can be contaminated by stray magnetic fields from their host satellite. We present an automated tool for measuring the magnetic field generated by potential satellite and instrument components to identify those that may degrade the measurements taken on-orbit. This tool is designed for use by the Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS) Small Explorers mission and is currently being used for mission design activities.