PRELIMINARY REPORT: DESIGN AND TEST RESULTS OF KSR-3 ROCKET MAGNETOMETERS

  • Kim, Hyo-Min (Dept. of Astronomy & Space Science, KyungHee University) ;
  • Jang, Min-Hwan (Dept. of Astronomy & Space Science, KyungHee University) ;
  • Lee, Dong-Hun (Dept. of Astronomy & Space Science, KyungHee University) ;
  • Ji, Jong-Hyun (Dept. of Astronomy & Space Science, KyungHee University) ;
  • Kim, Sun-Mi (Dept. of Astronomy & Space Science, KyungHee University) ;
  • Son, De-Rac (Dept. of Physics, HanNam University) ;
  • Hwang, Seung-Hyun (Korea Aerospace Research Institute(KARI))
  • Published : 2000.12.01

Abstract

The solar wind contributes to the formation of unique space environment called the Earth's magnetosphere by various interactions with the Earth's magnetic field. Thus the solar-terrestrial environment affects the Earth's magnetic field, which can be observed with an instrument for the magnetic field measurement, the magnetometer usually mounted on the rocket and the satellite and based on the ground observatory. The magnetometer is a useful instrument for the spacecraft attitude control as well as the Earth's magnetic field measurements for the spacecraft purpose. In this paper, we present the preliminary design and test results of the two onboard magnetometers of KARI's (Korea Aerospace Research Institute) sounding rocket, KSR-3, which will be launched four times during the period of 2001-02. The KSR-3 magnetometers consist of the fluxgate magnetometer, MAG/AIM (Attitude Information Magnetometer) for acquiring the rocket flight attitude information, and of the search-coil magnetometer, MAG/SIM (Scientific Investigation Magnetometer) for the observation of the Earth's magnetic field fluctuations. With the MAG/AIM, the 3-axis attitude information can be acquired by the comparison of the resulting dc magnetic vector field with the IGRF (International Geomagnetic Reference Field). The Earth's magnetic field fluctuations ranging from 10 to 1,000 Hz can also be observed with the MAG/SIM measurement.

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