Design and Construction of a Magnetic Field Simulator for CubeSat Attitude Control Testing

Mark Andrew Post, Junquan Li, Regina Lee


A real time, three axis space magnetic field simulator, developed using only commercial off the shelf components, is described in this paper. It is a complete and independent system to be used for the ground testing of nanosatellites, allowing automated magnetic attitude control systems to be verified. The main aim of this simulator is to reproduce magnetic field conditions in orbit with low cost mechanical and electronic designs. The system is capable of creating a region of uniform, directed magnetic field on command for nanosatellite ground testing.


Nanosatellites; Electromagnetism; Helmholtz Coils; Attitude Control

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