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Search Coil Magnetometer

NSSDCA ID: 1964-040A-08

Mission Name: Vela 2A
Principal Investigator:Mr. Eugene W. Greenstadt


The magnetic field experiment on the Vela 2A spacecraft, part of the USA program for the detection of nuclear weapons explosions in space, consisted of a single axis induction magnetometer oriented transverse to the spin axis of the spacecraft. The sensor's output was logarithmically extended over the dynamic range of 0-36 gamma. The sampling rate was 1 Hz and the instrument bandpass was 1.75 - 2.25 Hz. The presence of a large and variable spacecraft generated field at the spin frequency of the satellites contaminated the magnetometer data.

Alternate Names

  • Vela2A/SearchCoilMagnetometer


  • Space Physics: Magnetospheric Studies
  • Space Physics: Heliospheric Studies

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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Eugene W. GreenstadtPrincipal InvestigatorTRW Systems Group
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