Magnetics in Space


Jan 29th 2020 - Jan 29th 2020

Updated 13/01/20

The space sector is a rapidly growing market with unique requirements for high-quality manufacturing and magnetic measurements.

This seminar will focus on magnetic challenges and considerations in the design and manufacture of spacecraft, as well as the role of magnetics in space applications and missions. Speakers from industry and academia will cover subjects including magnetic cleanliness, attitude control and propulsion systems, in addition to talks on magnetic aspects of the JUICE, SWARM and Solar Orbiter missions.

The programme is being developed, and there’ll be more details as they’re finalised.


  • Dr Graeme Finch, NPL
  • Dr Ellie Galanis, Paragraf Ltd
  • Mr Olivier Masseglia, Bartington Instruments Ltd


The dress code for the event is business attire / smart casual.


Ferrite Level


The Use of Magnets in Ion Thrusters for the Coming Mega Satellite Constellations
by Charlie Ryan of University of Southampton

There are various planned mega constellations of satellites that will be launched over the next several years. These constellations of thousands of satellites require significant orbit raising, station keeping and end of life deorbiting, requirements that are beyond conventional chemical propulsion. Consequently they are using ion thrusters, in particular hall thrusters, which operate through the application of magnetic and electrostatic fields to a plasma. This talk will outline how magnets are essential to the operation of these ion thrusters, and helping to herald a step change in spacecraft engineering.

Jose Merayo of DTU Space

The SWARM Mission

Design Drivers for Spacecraft Magnetometers, in particular ESA'a JUICE mission to Jupiter
by Patrick Brown of Imperial College

Magnetometer instruments have been flown on many space missions over the years due to their wide scope of scientific applications covering everything from Earth field mapping, planetary, magnetospheric and solar physics to interplanetary shocks and fundamental plasma physics. Our laboratory at the Blackett Laboratory has over 50 years of history in the development and operation of highly accurate DC magnetometers in space. I will present the design drivers for magnetometers on different missions, how the scientific goals drive the spacecraft EMC condition and describe the design and performance of our magnetometers with particular focus on the upcoming European Space Agency JUICE mission to the Jovian system.

Frenetic Magnetic – Examples of Magnetic Fields in Space!
by Barry Kellett of RAL Space

My talk is actually the first half of a one hour talk. The full talk covers a “journey” from the Earth to the heart of very active galaxies called quasars. However, today I will only cover the first half of the journey from the Earth via the Moon and then the gas giant planets. Then to the Sun and the discovery of sunspots and the Sun’s magnetic cycle and ending with some of my own work on a very special and unusual magnetic star – CU Virginis!

Solar Orbiter: Magnetic Control & Verification
by Max Pudney of Airbus

Solar Orbiter is an ESA mission to investigate how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere. It will travel within the orbit of Mercury and take pictures of the Sun closer than ever before, including over polar regions. The magnetic field is critical to how the Sun controls the heliosphere, and measurements provide imperative data that allows particle measurements at the spacecraft location to be linked to events seen on the Solar surface, helping to answer key outstanding questions. To ensure the spacecraft itself does not interfere with these measurements, a magnetic cleanliness programme was followed on Solar Orbiter. This talk will discuss some of the design choices, controls during integration, analysis and verification performed to ensure the magnetic measurements are capturing what’s happening in space and not what’s happening on the spacecraft!

AC Magnetic Field Verification Methods Used in Space Applications and Missions
by Christian Trenkel & Dongsheng Zhao of Airbus & ESA

A new method for the verification of AC magnetic field requirements has recently been developed. In the first part of the talk, the fundamental theoretical principles underlying the new method will be presented, together with a description of how these principles have been applied to the design of the new method. In the second part of the talk, the complete setup including the hardware, the software and the test procedure are presented. The data post-processing is explained, and special attention is given to the good practice that ensures a good measurement.

Government support for innovation and R&D in the space sector
by Andy Bennett of Knowledge Transfer Network

Andy will give an overview of support available for companies (and academics) involved in innovation and R&D. This will include an overview of industry focused R&D funding schemes.

How magnetic fields contrain early Solar System formation: insights from meteorites
by Evelyn Baker of Imperial College


TimeSession TitleSession Host
09:00Registration opens
10:00The Use of Magnets in Ion Thrusters for the Coming Mega Satellite ConstellationsCharlie Ryan, University of Southampton
10:30Frenetic Magnetic – Examples of Magnetic Fields in Space!Barry Kellett, RAL Space
11:30Solar Orbiter: Magnetic Control & VerificationMax Pudney, Airbus
12:00Government support for innovation and R&D in the space sectorAndy Bennett, Knowledge Transfer Network
13:30The SWARM MissionJose Merayo, DTU Space
14:00Design Drivers for Spacecraft Magnetometers, in particular ESA'a JUICE mission to JupiterPatrick Brown, Imperial College
15:00Magnetic Fields in the Formation of the Solar SystemEvelyn Baker, Imperial College
15:30AC Magnetic Field Verification Methods Used in Space Applications and MissionsChristian Trenkel & Dongsheng Zhao, Airbus & ESA
16:00Closing Remarks
16:15Tours, if available


Type Standard Fee Group Discount
(3+ delegates)
Early Discount
(Register before 13/11/2019)
Member £115.00 20%N/A
Non-Member £145.00 20%N/A
Student / Retired Member £45.00 20%N/A
Student / Retired Non-Member £75.00 20%N/A
Exhibiting Member (+Delegate Fees) £95.00 20%N/A
Exhibiting Non-Member (+ Delegate Fees) £145.00 20%N/A
Sponsorship opportunities are available - please contact astewart@ukmagsoc.org 20%N/A
Group discounts for 5+ delegates are available; please contact astewart@ukmagsoc.org 20%N/A
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