BackForwardInstrument:  AFG 

Instrument details
Acronym AFG
Full name Analog Fluxgate Magnetometer
Purpose To measure the magnetic field and current structure in the diffusion region
Short description Fluxgate magnetometer (analogue). Dynamic range 0.5-50 nT, resolution 0.1 nT @ maximum of the dynamics
Background Part of a package of instruments to implement the SMART (Solving Magnetospheric Acceleration, Reconnection, and Turbulence) mission
Scanning Technique 4 satellites co-flying in tetrehedral pattern, moving to different positions into the Magnetosphere for 3-D field reconstruction
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle Full magnetospheric volume; sampling at 0.1 s intervals
Mass Power Data Rate

 

Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Backed by strong heritage
Utilization Period: 2015 to ≥2020
Last update: 2016-03-21
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Field or radiowave sensor
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Geomagnetic field
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Geomagnetic field1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Cluster in magnetosphere, scalar, narrow dynamics, high resolution