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Solar Orbiter Antenna Reflector Assembly

Solar Orbiter Antenna Reflector Assembly


Date: 20 March 2017
Satellite: Solar Orbiter
Depicts: HGA Antenna Reflector Assembly
Location: Airbus, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Copyright: Airbus Defence and Space

The Antenna Reflector Assembly (ARA) of ESA's Solar Orbiter mission ready for testing at Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany in March 2017.

The dish was obtained from a 7-cm thick slab of titanium which was heated to 940 degrees Celsius and then pressed in a mould to create a dome-like shape only 70 mm thick, and eventually reduced to about 1 mm thickness in a milling machine.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
1-Dec-2021 00:01 UT

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