[image from esa.int]On May 12, 2016, SpaceTech and Airbus have reached an agreement on the contract for the RIME Antenna delivery for the ESA science mission JUICE (RIME = Radar for Icy Moon Exploration; JUICE = Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer). The STI proposal stands out for the smart and light-weight technical solution and its cost-benefit ratio. The proposal features a deployable antenna design, made of CFRP, with a total of 6 hinges and a total length of 16 meters.
JUICE will be launched in 2022 and reach Jupiter after one Venus swing-by-manoeuvre and multiple Earth swing-by-manoeuvres. Eventually, it will explore Jupiter’s moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. The RIME payload is a radar instrument which allows for analysis deep below of a moon’s icy surface up to depths of 9 km. Scientists are expecting to gain pioneering insights to the geological and geo-physical structure of Jupiter’s moons.