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Honeywell Qualifies New Space Magnetometer for Small Satellites

Honeywell Qualifies New Space Magnetometer for Small Satellites

  • Latest addition to Honeywell’s magnetometer family is designed to meet cost and capability requirements of New Space segment

PHOENIX, Sept. 30, 2021 – Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) has fully qualified its newest 3-Axis Space Magnetometer designed for small satellites. The new magnetometer meets the needs of the emerging New Space segment, where large numbers of small satellites operate in a lower orbit than larger, traditional satellites. The new magnetometer offers critical capabilities and pricing designed for small satellites. It is mission-ready and entering service now.

Magnetic sensors, commonly referred to as magnetometers, measure the intensity of magnetic fields. These important components can be found on both aircraft and spacecraft, with additional use cases in other industries, including agriculture, medicine and biology, where magnetic fields are measured. In space, they are often used on satellites and spacecraft engaged in scientific investigation and also function as attitude sensors.

“Historically, satellite manufacturers and operators have either had to settle for low or no radiation tolerance to maintain a low price, or pay significantly more for a magnetometer that meets the high reliability and high radiation tolerance requirements of the traditional space market,” said Mark Covelli, senior director, Defense & Space, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the qualification of our 3-Axis Magnetometer, we’re addressing the gap in this segment to help our customers meet their cost requirements without compromising performance.”

Honeywell’s 3-Axis Space Magnetometer weighs 315 grams (0.69 pounds) and is approximately the size of a cellular phone. It also provides increased radiation tolerance at a lower cost than other options. Its size, weight and power specifications align well with many small satellite budgets and mission requirements, making it an ideal solution for a variety of spacecraft. It is well-suited for use in proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations, made up of dozens, hundreds or potentially thousands of satellites in LEO, which is anywhere up to 1,200 miles above Earth’s surface.

Honeywell has extensive expertise in developing and manufacturing satellite hardware to meet the high-performance demands of space missions, providing precision equipment and solutions that include end-to-end design and manufacturing. Today, Honeywell products can be found on more than 1,000 satellites, delivering mission success.

For more information on Honeywell’s advanced solutions for space, visit our page.


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