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Solar Orbiter High-Gain Antenna boom steering test

Solar Orbiter High-Gain Antenna boom steering test

Date: 08 November 2017
Copyright: SENER Aerospace

A steering test of the 1-m long boom used to connect the High-Gain Antenna (HGA) of ESA's Solar Orbiter mission to the spacecraft. The test was performed in November 2017 at SENER – the antenna's prime contractor – in Bilbao, Spain.

The movable boom can extend above or below the heat shield so that the antenna can achieve a reliable link with ground stations on Earth and transmit the huge volumes of data generated by the mission's scientific payload.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Oct-2021 01:42 UT

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