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Nanosatellite for electromagnetic measurements


Nanosatellite is a new super-inexpensive mobile instrument for electromagnetic environment study near International Space Station (ISS). The instrument is capable to measure, store and transmit to the base station data about the following parameters:

  • three components of the constant magnetic field in the range ± 65 000 nT;
  • variations of magnetic field in the frequency range 0.1...40 000 Hz;
  • electric potential in the frequency range DC...40 000 Hz;
  • the current density in the frequency range 0.1 ... 40 000 Hz;
  • kinetic plasma parameters – temperature, concentration and velocity of the charged and neutral particles.

Innovative Aspect and Main Advantages

Carefully developed conception of the instrument based on the cheap industrial single-board computer PC-104 with open operational system LINUX and low-power sensors with high metrological characteristics provides for:

  • low cost;
  • low power consumption;
  • low physical dimensions and weight;
  • possibility of the rapid modernization.

Areas of Application

Equipping the ISS for monitoring of its surface electric potential and electromagnetic environment. With minor modernization the nanosatellite could be used as a fully autonomous measuring system for both space and ground applications.

Nanosatellite for electromagnetic measurements
Fig. 1 Nanosatellite for electromagnetic measurements

Stage of Development

The engineering model was tested at laboratory conditions. A group of sensors passed the tests in the plasma-dynamic vacuum chamber under conditions close to operation requirements.

Contact Details

Lviv Centre of Institute of Space Research NASU – NSAU
Contact person: Marusenkov Andriy
Address: 5A Naukova St., 79000 Lviv-60, Ukraine
Phone: 380-32-2296214, 380-322-639163
Fax: 380-322-639163 and -638244
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