# Current through Earth's center to produce magnetic field

• aldofbg

#### aldofbg

1. The field strength of the Earth is 5x10^-5 T at the surface. Space shuttles orbit the Earth at a speed of 7860 m/s . They orbit at an altitude of 322 km. If we assume that a single current loop at the Earth's radius is generating the magnetic field, then what is the current? Determine the magnetic field at the space shuttles altitude.

2. Radius of Earth= 6.38x10^6 m
Amperes law= SBdl=uI (the S is my integral sign)
V=kQ/r

3. SBdl=uI
B is the magnetic field at the Earth's surface. dl becomes the Earth's circumference which is 2piR. I then solved for I by plugging in values and ending up with the formula I=(Bx2piR)/u= 1.6x10^9 A
I then used that value and solved in reverse for B using R as the distance from Earth's center to the shuttle height getting 4.77x10^-5 T.
This was an exam question and my professor marked it as wrong. I don't understand why and I was hoping someone could explain what I did wrong. Thanks