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This paper investigates design, modeling, simulation, and control issues related to self-propelled endoscopic capsule navigated inside the human body through external magnetic fields. A novel magnetic propulsion system is proposed and fabricated, which has great potential of being used in the field of noninvasive gastrointestinal endoscopy. Magnetic-analysis model is established and finite-element simulations as well as orthogonal design are performed for obtaining optimized mechanical and control parameters for generating appropriate external magnetic field. Simulated intestinal tract experiments are conducted, demonstrating controllable movement of the capsule under the developed magnetic propulsion system.