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Bullet Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, Vol. 137, Issue 2, February 2012: Product News

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Spacemag Magnetometer for use in Space is Scheduled for Launch



Spacemag, Bartington Instruments’ first magnetometer for use in space, is to be carried in a satellite designed by the Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad ‘Ignacio Da Riva’ of Spain’s Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (IDR/UPM).


The satellite, UPMSAT-2, is being manufactured and assembled by IDR/UPM and will be launched into a low earth polar orbit by the end of the first quarter of 2013. Spacemag will be fitted to the satellite and will collect in-flight magnetic field information.


Spacemag is a three-axis fluxgate magnetometer designed for use in spacecraft attitude control systems. Lightweight, low noise and with minimal heat output, it has been shock and vibration tested to NASA-STD-7001, and its vacuum compatible components are specified for 100 kRad.

The sensor was tested at RAL Space (Rutherford Appleton Laboratories) to verify its functionality for long term use in a space environment.


Key features:

  • Measurement range of ±75 μT

  • Noise performance of < 20 pTrms /√Hz at 1 Hz

  • Power consumption of 750 mW

  • Radiation hardened components to 100 kRad doses

  • Vacuum compatible

About Bartington

Bartington Instruments designs and manufactures a wide range of magnetic measuring instruments used globally in the defence, aerospace, geophysics and physics sectors. Its products include single and three-axis magnetic field sensors, fluxgate gradiometers and magnetic susceptibility measuring equipment.


For further information visit www.bartington.com or email sales@bartington.com




Contact :


Tom Simcox

Technical Sales Executive,

Bartington Instruments

Tel.: +44 (0) 1993 706565

E-mail: tom.simcox@bartington.com



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