Juventas Mini Radar for asteroids successfully passed the tests

20/11/2021
Credit: ESA
Credit: ESA

News! The ESA mini radar for an asteroid was created and tested with the help of Romania. Juventas mini radar is an asteroid radar. Recently, ESA announced that the records for this radar have been successfully released and will begin its mission in 2024. ESA also thanked Romania for its contribution to the development and testing of this radar. However, the mini radar was created with the help of several countries and space agencies, members of ESA, but Romania wanted the biggest contribution. 

However, the radar was not developed in Romania, but at the European Center for Space Research and Technology (ESTEC) of ESA in the Netherlands. The mini radar will be included in the Hera mission and will be part of the European space agency's planetary defense program. His mission will be to fly to the Didymos binary asteroid system, as well as to explore them. ESA recently announced that the radar will conduct the first radar probe inside an ateroid in the history of the world. It will be an important step towards the development of planetary defense and the development of the entire space technology, ESA believes. 

In 2024, the mini radar will begin its mission aboard the ESA spacecraft, CubeSat Juventas. This mission, as a planetary defense plan ESA will start fixed after NASA will fulfill its mission to hit an atseroid to become its orbit. Yes, as NASA announced, in 3 days, on November 23, 2021, it will hit an asteroid to deflect its orbit, because the asteroid poses a potential risk to planet Earth. More about the mission here: https://www.bailey-universe.com/l/a-nasa-shuttle-will-hit-an-asteroid/

After NASA hits the asteroid Dimorphos, which is a kind of moon for the asteroid Didymos, ESA will take action. ESA will immediately send the created radar that will see the atseroid at 100 meters depth. Asteodi Luna sells 160 meters in diameter, and the other atsreoid, has 780 meters in diameter. Juventas is a CubeSat with "6 units", measuring 10x20x30 cm. NASA and ESA have explained that CubeSats are mini staelites, very small, which are launched into space for more exploration missions. 

ESA also issued statements on this mission. "We measure the radiation pattern in a complete sphere surrounding the antennas, as well as the total radiated power. The results should also be very useful for the review of the Juventas project, which will take place next month. The tests also serve as a kind of rehearsal for the Juventas flight model, which is scheduled to be tested here in early 2023. " long ago backed Franco Perez Lissi of ESA's CubeSats Systems unit.

The Juventas construction operation is led by two large companies that have signed a contract with ESA. These are GomSpace in Luxembourg and GMV in Romania. And the radr is developed by several companies, each working on different parts. These are Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble from the University of Grenoble and the Technical University of Dresden (mostly development), Astronika from Poland (development of antennae) and EmTroniX from Luxembourg (development of the signal generation system).

Romania (the country with the largest contribution for the HERA mission) will contribute to the mission with the companies: GMV Innovating Solutions - Romania, ATOS Romania through ATOS Convergence Creator, Sonovision Romania, EFACEC Romania. The companies will assist ESA in developing and driving mini radar on technology and many other segments. The National Research-Development Institute for Optoelectronics - INOE 2000 will be involved in the development of the altimeter.

We wish success to Romania and ESA, as well as to other countries, companies and people working for the development of this mini radar. We wish NASA success for its planetary defense mission as well. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 20 November 2021, at 03:47 am Los Angeles time

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