According to BGR's foreign media, NASA has spent decades studying many planets in the solar system. Sensors such as Juno and Cassini have sent back a lot of data about Jupiter and Saturn, but the satellites running around these planets are as interesting as the planet itself. Among them, astronomers have a special interest in Europa.NASA will launch a new spacecraft to explore.
The mission, from the name Europa Clipper, will see a spacecraft sent to Europa Europa and stay on satellite orbit for several years. The mission will try to answer many questions about Europa, but to achieve this, the spacecraft will need a very powerful antenna.
In a new blog post, NASA unveiled some internal tests related to Europa Clipper, more specifically the high earn antenna that the spacecraft will be equipped with. Massive antennas will facilitate communication between the spacecraft and land operations personnel and play an important role in the success or failure of the mission.
The full-scale antenna prototype (shown above) is currently being tested in the Experimental Test Range at the NASA Langa Research Center. These tests will help engineers understand the performance of the antenna as it moves away from the Earth and feeds information back to NASA. It is obviously important to ensure that the data collected by the spacecraft is transmitted, and that the antenna must be able to transfer its signals back to the Earth correctly.
Europa Clipper's mission will last at least three to four years, but the work is now vital to its success. Once the spacecraft launches and reaches Europa successfully, it will take at least three years to submit high resolution images and other data, which can reveal whether the conditions on the cold ice satellite are sufficient to support life.