According to foreign media BGR, NASA has spent decades studying many planets in the solar system. Detectors like Juno and Cassini have sent back a lot of data about Jupiter and Saturn, but the satellites that run around these planets are just as interesting as the planet itself. Among them, astronomers are particularly interested in Europe.NASA will launch a new spacecraft to explore it.
The mission, called Europa Clipper, will see a spacecraft being sent to Europe Europe and remaining in satellite orbit for several years. The mission will try to answer many questions about Europe, but to achieve this, the spacecraft will need a very powerful antenna.
In a new blog post, NASA has unveiled some internal tests related to Europa Clipper, more specifically the high gain antenna with which the spacecraft will be equipped. Huge antennas will facilitate communication between the spacecraft and its ground operations personnel and will play an important role in the success or failure of the mission.
Currently, the real-scale prototype of the antenna (shown above) is being tested in the Experimental Test Range at the NASA Langley Research Center. These tests will help engineers understand the antenna's performance as it moves away from Earth and sends information to NASA. Obviously, it is important to ensure that the data collected by the spacecraft is transmitted and that the antenna is capable of accurately transmitting its signals back to Earth.
Europe Clipper's mission will last for at least three to four years, but work is now critical to its success. When the spacecraft launches successfully and arrives in Europe, it will take at least three years to provide high resolution images and other data, which may reveal whether the conditions of the icy satellite are sufficient to sustain life.