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JUICE Thermal Development Model and the Sun Simulator

JUICE Thermal Development Model and the Sun Simulator


Date: 03 May 2018
Satellite: JUICE
Depicts: Thermal Development Model
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA–M.Cowan

A view of the JUICE Thermal Development Model (TDM) inside the Large Space Simulator at ESA's European Space Research & Technology Centre (ESTEC).

In order to ensure that the spacecraft will survive the extreme temperature variations it will experience in deep space, TDM completed a thermal verification test during May 2018. High-energy lamps and mirrors of the Sun Simulator were used to heat the Sun-facing side of the TDM to around 200 degrees Celsius, while the internal temperature of the vacuum chamber was lowered to -180 degrees Celsius by thermal shrouds filled with liquid nitrogen.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
1-Jun-2020 14:12 UT

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