Psyche Magnetometer Engineering Model Test and Thermal Model Correlation to Validate Operational Thermal Requirement
De Soria-Santacruz Pich, Maria
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Psyche Fluxgate Magnetometer candidate fabricated by UCLA has a critical temperature gradient requirement inside the magnetometer sensor head. Since the temperature gradient requirement is a driving factor for the magnetometer operation and science data collection at 16 Psyche, it is critical to validate and verify this requirement via modeling and test. In this work, a thermal vacuum test was completed for Psyche flight-like magnetometer engineering model. Flight-like environments were simulated for a hot operational case (after launch), a cold survival case (cruise), and two cold operational cases to characterize thermal performance of the instrument. An additional, non-flight, steady-state test case was completed to better correlate the magnetometer thermal model. During the test, sensitive Cernox temperature sensors with accuracy of ±0.1°C were used to precisely characterize the temperature gradient and correlate the model to the best accuracy. Collected test data indicated power consumption of 28% lower than predicted. The temperature gradient measured met the expected value and the requirement. Test data indicated the magnetometer also met the AFTs in relevant hot and cold environments. Test results were used to correlate the thermal model. The correlated thermal model will be integrated to the spacecraft thermal model to predict magnetometer thermal performance while collecting science data in Psyche orbits.