The ESA/Airbus DS Review Board has declared the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of JUICE RIME Antenna successful, just one year after project start. The Review Board has highly appreciated the effort made for the breadboard test activities, the excellent cooperation and good design provided for the review.
In the very next step, the first flight representative RF test antennas will be delivered to Airbus DS. One of these test antennas will be RF tested by Airbus DS under a helicopter over Heiligenberg glider airfield in August 2017.
The deployable boom antenna of the Radar for Icy Moon Exploration (RIME) is part of the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2030, the spacecraft will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.
STI is the design and manufacture authority, supported by CarboSpaceTech (CST), Frentech Aerospace (FTC) and LKE, located in Czech Republic.
More information about the JUICE mission can be gathered on the ESA web site : http://sci.esa.int/juice/