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Processing of DMSP magnetic data: Handbook of programs, tapes, and datasetsThe DMSP F-7 satellite was an operational Air Force meteorological satellite which carried a magnetometer for geophysical measurements. The magnetometer was located within the body of the spacecraft in the presence of large spacecraft fields. In addition to stray magnetic fields, the data have inherent position and time inaccuracies. Algorithms were developed to identify and remove time varying magnetic field noise from the data. These algorithms are embodied in an automated procedure which fits a smooth curve through the data and then identifies outliers and which filters the predominant Fourier component of noise from the data. Techniques developed for Magsat were then modified and used to attempt determination of the spacecraft fields, of any rotation between the magnetometer axes and the spacecraft axes, and of any scale changes within the magnetometer itself. Software setup and usage are documented and program listings are included in the Appendix. The initial and resulting data are archived on magnetic cartridge and the formats are documented.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Langel, R. A. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD., United States)
Sabaka, T. J. (Science Applications Research Lanham, MD., United States)
Ridgway, J. R. (Science Applications Research Lanham, MD., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1990
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:100757
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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