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Selected Geomagnetic Measurements From Several Satellites

More than 17 million selected magnetic observations from several orbiting low-altitude satellites are contained in this digital collection. Except for MAGSAT, all the observations are of total intensity (F) only. The MAGSAT data contain both scalar and vector X, Y, Z) values. MAGSAT was launched into a sun-lit, sun- synchronous orbit (350 to 550 km high) on October 30, 1979 with re- entry occurring on June 11, 1980. The MAGSAT data are being used for derivation of magnetic field models, magnetic field mapping, magnetic anomaly mapping, and inner earth studies. Twelve 9-track 1600 BPI, binary magnetic tapes {INV-B} cover a time span from November 2, 1979 to May 19, 1980. The data are organized by orbit number. Each data record contains 30 data points at approximately 5 second intervals. Additional magnetic tapes contain MAGSAT low- latitude scalar anomaly value data, gridded scalar anomaly data and Quiet Time data. In addition to the MAGSAT data, data from the OGO, Cosmos and Vanguard satellites are available. The POGS experiment magnetometer is of the same type that was designed and built by NASA for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). The only modification to the design was to add extra thermal mass in order to reduce the magetometer's thermal drift to something less than 50 mT/goev. The U.S. Navy uses this satellite to update its World Magnetic Model (WMMxx). Inclination Apogee Perigee Launch Dates: OGO2 10-14-65 Incl = 87.3 Ap = 410 Per = 1510 OGO4 07-28-67 Incl = 86 Ap = 410 Per = 910 OGO6 06-05-69 Incl = 82 Ap = 400 Per = 1100 COSMOS49 Oct 64 Incl = 49 Ap = 490 Per = 260 POGS 04-11-90 Incl = 89.88 Ap = 71195.95 Per = 7002.94 MAGSAT 10-30-79 Incl = 96.76 Ap = 561 Per = 352

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    Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC - National Geophysical Data Center
    Point of Contact Susan McLean
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    (303) 497-6478
    Susan.McLean@noaa.gov
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    Originator
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC - National Geophysical Data Center
    Publisher
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC - National Geophysical Data Center
    Date(s)
    • publication: 1986-01-01
    Edition: First
    Dataset Progress Status Under development
    Data Update Frequency: Irregular
    Supplemental Information: Formerly FE 142, 1116
    Purpose: Provide a WW Data Collection of Magnetic Observations from Low Orbit Satellites
    Use Limitations
    • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
    Time Period: 1965-10-14  to  1980-10-04
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 90.000000
    S: -90.000000
    E: 180.000000
    W: -180.000000
    Spatial Coverage Map:
    Themes
    • EARTH SCIENCE>SOLID EARTH>Geomagnetism>Reference Fields
    • EARTH SCIENCE>SOLID EARTH>Geomagnetism>Magnetic Declination
    • EARTH SCIENCE>SOLID EARTH>Geophysical Fields>Magnetic Field
    • EARTH SCIENCE>SOLID EARTH>Geomagnetism>Magnetic Anomalies
    • POGO
    • COSMOS
    • Polar Orbiting
    • POGS
    • Satellite
    • MAGSAT
    • Magnetometer
    Places
    • Global
    Use Constraints
    • Use Constraints: None
    Access Constraints
    • Access Constraints: No Constraints
    Fees
    • Depends on the Data Set
    Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.

    Metadata Last Modified: 2014-11-20

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