Articles | Volume 38, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-38-823-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-38-823-2020
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10 Jul 2020
Regular paper |  | 10 Jul 2020

Magnetometer in-flight offset accuracy for the BepiColombo spacecraft

Daniel Schmid, Ferdinand Plaschke, Yasuhito Narita, Daniel Heyner, Johannes Z. D. Mieth, Brian J. Anderson, Martin Volwerk, Ayako Matsuoka, and Wolfgang Baumjohann

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Short summary
Recently, the two-spacecraft mission BepiColombo was launched to explore Mercury. To measure the magnetic field precisely, in-flight calibration of the magnetometer offset is needed. Usually, the offset is evaluated from magnetic field observations in the solar wind. Since one of the spacecraft will remain within Mercury's magnetic environment, we examine an alternative calibration method. We show that this method is applicable and may be a valuable tool to determine the offset accurately.