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Solid state magnetic azimuth sensor for small satellites
Author(s): Gordon F. Rouse; Donald R. Stauffer; Howard B. French
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Paper Abstract

The Earth's magnetic field can provide attitude reference for satellites. Because of the nature of the terrestrial magnetic field, magnetic sensing is primarily used to sense azimuth, with a horizon sensor providing reference in the other two axes. The magnetometer azimuth sensor is small, light, and inexpensive. A new solid-state magnetometer based on magnetoresistive techniques can provide azimuth determination with an accuracy equal to existing techniques. It has even more favorable advantages, however, in size, weight, power consumption, and cost compared to conventional techniques. A magnetic azimuth sensing system based on this magnetometer should provide azimuth information to about 0.5 degrees, a limit imposed by uncertainties in the Earth's field rather than limitation in sensitivity of the solid-state sensor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1495, Small-Satellite Technology and Applications, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45888
Show Author Affiliations
Gordon F. Rouse, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)
Donald R. Stauffer, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)
Howard B. French, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1495:
Small-Satellite Technology and Applications
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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