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GI | Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 8, 285–291, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-8-285-2019
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Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 8, 285–291, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-8-285-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 05 Dec 2019

Research article | 05 Dec 2019

How many solar wind data are sufficient for accurate fluxgate magnetometer offset determinations?

Ferdinand Plaschke

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Measuring the magnetic field onboard spacecraft requires regular in-flight calibration activities. Among those, determining the output of magnetometers under vanishing ambient magnetic fields, the so-called magnetometer offsets, is essential. Typically, characteristic rotations in solar wind magnetic fields are used to obtain these offsets. This paper addresses the question of how many solar wind data are needed to reach certain accuracy levels in offset determination.
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