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MAScot fluxgate MAGnetometer (MASMAG)

NSSDCA ID: 2014-076H-03

Mission Name: MASCOT
Principal Investigator:Prof. Karl-Heinz Glassmeier


The MASCOT Magnetometer (MasMag) is designed to measure any global as well as local magnetic field of asteroid 162173 Ryugu during the whole MASCOT operational period, with focus on the landing and relocation phases. Another objective is to determine the electrical conductivity of Ryugu.

The MasMag is a vector-compensated three-axis fluxgate magnetometer consisting of a sensor head and digital electronics. MasMag can measure a magnetic field from -12,0000 to +12,000 nT at resolution of 2 pT with a sampling rate to 10 Hz. The MasMag resides in the payload compartment of the MASCOT lander and is mounted on the bottom plate near a corner of the body frame.

Alternate Names

  • MASCOT/MAScotfluxgateMAGnetometer(MASMAG)
  • urn:jaxa:darts:context:instrument:mascot.masmag

Facts in Brief

Mass: 0.28 kg
Power (avg): 0.5 W
Bit rate (avg): 1010 kbps

Funding Agency

  • European Space Agency (International)


  • Planetary Science: Small Bodies

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Prof. Karl-Heinz GlassmeierPrincipal InvestigatorTechnische Universitat

Selected References

  • Hercik, David, et al., The MASCOT Magnetometer, Space Sci. Rev., 208, No. 1-4, 433-449, doi:10.1007/s11214-016-0236-5, Jul. 2017.
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