In-flight scalar calibration and characterisation of the Swarm magnetometry package

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We present the in-flight scalar calibration and characterisation of the Swarm magnetometry package consisting of the absolute scalar magnetometer, the vector magnetometer, and the spacecraft structure supporting the instruments. A significant improvement in the scalar residuals between the pairs of magnetometers is demonstrated, confirming the high performance of these instruments. The results presented here, including the characterisation of a Sun-driven disturbance field, form the basis of the correction of the magnetic vector measurements from Swarm which is applied to the Swarm Level 1b magnetic data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number129
JournalEarth, Planets and Space
Issue number1
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • Geomagnetism
  • Magnetometer
  • Instrument calibration
  • Satellite
  • Swarm

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