Flight tests of the microsatellite magnetic navigation system

1Belyayev, SM, 1Korepanov, VYe., 2Efimenko, NV
1L’viv Centre of the Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, L’viv, Ukraine
2Research and Production Enterprise SMC «Hartron-Ucom ltd», Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 2006, 12 ;(4):014-019
Publication Language: Ukrainian
Modern spacecrafts use different onboard systems for navigation, based mostly on the combination of optical, magnetic and gravitational principles. We show that at present level of electronic technology and computer systems reasonable quality of navigation may be obtained using only one high-quality measuring device, namelly, flux-gate magnetometer. We describe the recent model of onboard flux-gate magnetometer used in the experiment with the microsatellite «Micron», launched as piggyback load together with the satellite «Sich-IM» on 24 December 2004. In spite of a very short operation term of the microsatellite, the experimental data obtained confirm both the efficiency of the application of the new navigation methodology and a high quality of the magnetometer developed.
Keywords: flux-gate magnetometer, microsatellite, navigation system
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