The Ørsted Satellite

THE ØRSTED SATELLITE

The project aimed to design, implement and commission the attitude determination and control system. The primary science objectives of Ørsted was to carry out measurements of the geomagnetic field and monitor the high-energy charged particles.

Ørsted was the first spacecraft ever that was controlled in all three directions with Earth’s magnetic field. It was launched with a Delta-II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base (California) on 23rd February 1999 into a near polar orbit. As the first satellite of the 'International Decade of Geopotential Research', the satellite and its instrumentation has been a model for other present and forthcoming missions like CHAMP and Swarm.

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AAU Space Group - Researchers

Rafal Wisniewski

Professor

Department of Electronic Systems

Phone: +45 9940 8762
Email: raf@es.aau.dk

PROJECT NAME

Ørsted Satellite

PROJECT STATUS

Completed

EFFECTIVE START/END DATE

Satellite launched in 1999

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Aalborg University
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Terma
  • Danish Meteorological Institute
  • Computer Resources International