Admatis hardware successfully integrated into JUICE satellite

Three Admatis hardware have been successfully integrated into JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) satellite during the preparations for the satellite’s thermal vacuum test. JUICE is an interplanetary spacecraft which will study three of Jupiter’s Galilean moons: Ganymedes, Callisto and Europa – all of which are thought to have significant bodies of liquid water beneath their surfaces, making them potentially habitable environments.

Internal multilayer insulation (MLI) of the Particle Environment Package (PEP) Nadir Unit instruments has been delivered to University of Bern in 2020 and the integrated into the satellite by the German division of Airbus Defence and Space. MLI flight models will participate in the satellites’ journey to Jupiter, while two other Admatis equipment is going to be integrated by Airbus into the satellite for the upcoming thermal vacuum test which will take place in European Space Agency’s ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre) test facility. PEP internal MLI and SWI Electronic Unit thermal models are in the interiors of the spacecraft, while the SWI Telescope Receiver Unit thermal dummy model is visible on the satellite’s Nadir side as highlighted in the photo.

Photo courtesy of Airbus and ESA.

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