University of Michigan Space Weather Sensor Package

TitleUniversity of Michigan Space Weather Sensor Package
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2024
AuthorsMasterson, T, Moldwin, MB, Ojeda, L, Vata, J, Fertig, I, Hofmann, A, Tsang, B
Conference NameHamSCI Workshop 2024
Date Published03/2024
Conference LocationCleveland, OH

Ground magnetometer and dual frequency GPS systems are used to measure space weather effects observed in geomagnetic disturbances and variations in Total Electron Content (TEC). However, such systems are usually cost-prohibitive, susceptible to noise from human infrastructure, and difficult to deploy and maintain. Our team has been working on a low-cost space weather sensor package that can be easily deployed and requires low maintenance while having good magnetic and TEC data accuracy. The system has multiple options with respect to power (e.g., AC powered or solar panel and battery system), communication (Cat5 internet, Wi-Fi, Cellular or satellite modem), and sensors (use of network protocol time, single frequency GPS time stamping, or dual frequency GPS for both time and TEC). This presentation describes the low-cost magnetometer sensor package, the simple user interfaces, and design of the electrical and structural components for ease of manufacturing. We have developed a prototype for a system that is much cheaper and easier to mass-produce and install than current commercial systems, and real-world testing has shown that these systems function reliably.

Refereed DesignationNon-Refereed
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