|Instrument: SSM : Special Sensor Magnetometer|
Solar/Space Observing Instruments
Instrument Class: Magnetic Field/Electric Field Instruments
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[Source: National Space Science Data Center, http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/experimentDisplay.do?id=1983-113A-06 ]
The primary purpose of the magnetometer experiment was to obtain the components of magnetic field transverse to the main geomagnetic field at high latitudes which are associated with auroral field-aligned currents. The instrument consisted of (1) a triaxial fluxgate magnetometer with a fixed Z-axis sensor and adjustable X- and Y-axis sensors and (2) a signal processor to provide data at a 15-nT resolution over the range of 0 to 60,000 nT.
Instrument Owner: Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)