HomeSpaceAirbus-built JUICE heads to Jupiter and its icy moons

Airbus-built JUICE heads to Jupiter and its icy moons


JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) built by Airbus headed towards Jupiter on April 14, an hour after Ariane 5’s successful launch. The European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft operations team, located at the ESOC (European Space Operations Centre) in Darmstadt, Germany, took control of the spacecraft and confirmed the successful deployment of the solar arrays

Additional apparatus and instruments will be gradually activated in the coming days, and the operations team will conduct tests to ensure their full functionality.

After years of hard work, watching this launch live from the company’s sites across Europe was a very emotional moment for everyone who has worked on the mission, said Michael Schollhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space in Kourou, adding that Europe’s best is merging. 

JUICE: a European shared success

Airbus, under contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), designed and constructed JUICE with the assistance of more than 2,000 individuals and 80 partners from 23 countries.

The JUICE spacecraft, which weighs 6.2 tonnes and has a journey that exceeds 5 billion kilometres, will undertake a series of flybys of the moons Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa as part of its mission to discover whether or not the moons’ subsurface oceans might support the existence of microorganisms. During its unprecedented four-year tour of the Jupiter system, the JUICE spacecraft will carry ten cutting-edge scientific instruments. These instruments will include cameras, spectrometers, an altimeter, a radio-science experiment, an ice-penetrating radar, a particle package, and multiple magnetic and electric field sensors.

In 2031, JUICE will arrive at Jupiter after being propelled by a series of gravitational slingshots from Venus and Earth.

Frontier India News Network
Frontier India News Network
Frontier India News Network is the in-house news collection and distribution agency.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Russian Forces Destroy Leopard Tank with German Crew En Route to Ukraine

The Russian Army destroyed a Leopard tank with German service members aboard and was en route to Ukraine. This crew consisted of people who...

Ukraine’s Ambitious Plan to Roll Abrams Tanks Southward Meets Reality Check

During a Ukraine Defence Liaison Group meeting, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis announced that the United States would send 31 M1 "Abrams" main...

Larsen & Toubro Revives Filipino Vietnam War-Era Cadillac Gage V-150 and V-300 Armored Vehicles

The Philippine Ministry of Defence is currently implementing the Light Armor System Upgrade (LARSU). This programme entails the refurbishment and upgrading of American armoured...

German Frigate ‘SACHSEN’ Tests Pave the Way for Future Laser Weapon Systems

Rheinmetall reports that the sea trials of the laser weapon demonstration (LWD) have finished after successfully integrating aboard the German frigate "SACHSEN" in June 2022....

Next-Gen A-50U: Rostec Delivers Cutting-Edge Radar Aircraft to Russian Aerospace Forces

The Russian Aerospace Forces have received a modernised long-range airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft designated as an A-50U from the "Rostec" State...