CHAMP Satellite receiver

Updated 2003-03-06

CHAMP (CHAllenging Minisatellite Payload) is a German small satellite mission for geoscientific and atmospheric research and applications, managed by GFZ. With its highly precise, multifunctional and complementary payload elements (magnetometer, accelerometer, star sensor, GPS receiver, laser retro reflector, ion drift meter) and its orbit characteristics (near polar,low altitude, long duration) CHAMP will generate for the first time simultaneously highly precise gravity and magnetic field measurements over a 5 years period. This will allow to detect besides the spatial variations of both fields also their variability with time. The CHAMP mission will open a new era in geopotential research and will become a significant contributor to the Decade of Geopotentials.

Time frame

Project time span
2001 - 2030
Data collection
2001 - 2030
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Christoph Reigber
GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ) Division 1: Kinematics & Dynamics of the Earth Telegrafenberg A 17 D-14473 Potsdam, Germany
+49-331 288 1100
+49-331 288 1111

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

geomagnetic gravity


Regions studied
Koldewey Station, Ny-Ă…lesund/Spitsbergen
Other areas
the whole globe

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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