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Instrument details
Acronym Potential
Full name Potential
Purpose Space weather around the platform
Short description Instrument package to measure: 1) neutral particles in the density range 10^4 to 10^10 cm-3; 2) charged particle in the density range 10^3 to 10^11 cm-3 and energy range 0.01-1.5 eV; 3) electric field potential in the frequency band DC to 200 kHz with noise 10 nV/√Hz oscillating in the range 0.001-1 kHz; 4) vector magnetic field in the frequency band DC to 1 Hz, dynamic range from ±4 to ±65000 nT with resolution ±1 nT @ maximum of the dynamics
Background Consolidated technology
Scanning Technique In-situ measurement in a sunsynchronous orbit
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle Sampling at 0.1 s intervals
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency NSAU
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2011 to 2027
Last update: 2021-10-02
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Field or radiowave sensor
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 2
  • Magnetospheric energetic particles and magnetometers
  • Geomagnetic field sensor [in LEO and cross magnetosphere]
  • Electric field sensor [in LEO and cross magnetosphere]
  • Ionospheric electron density sensor [in LEO and cross magnetosphere]
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Electron Density
  • Geomagnetic field
  • Ionospheric plasma density
Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Geomagnetic field*3 - highNo specific limitation.Platform, vectorial, wide dynamics, high resolution
Electric Field5 - marginalNo specific limitation.Platform. Electric field oscillations, wide dynamic range
Ionospheric plasma density*4 - fairNo specific limitation.Platform. Electric field oscillations
Electron Density*4 - fairNo specific limitation.Platform. Electric field oscillations