9 May 2013

SSG joins ‘The Jupiter Icy moons Explorer’ mission

The European Space Agency have announced that Jupiter’s icy moons are the focus of Europe’s next large science mission. Launching in 2022, JUICE will arrive in 2030 and spend 3 years making observations.

The Space Systems Group (SSG), a world class research group in the field of experimental, theoretical, space plasma and solar physics is a part of the ACSE department. SSG have become involved in a project by ESA, one of the leading European space agencies, and are collaborating on The Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE).

The JUICE spacecraft will carry 10 of the most powerful state-of-the-art instruments ever flown to the outer Solar System to address all of the mission's science goals. What are the conditions for life and planetary formation? How does the Solar System work? What are the fundamental laws of the Universe? How did the Universe begin and what is it made of?

One of the tools used is the Radio and Plasma Waves Instrument. The RPWI is an instrument to characterise the radio emission and plasma environment of Jupiter and its icy moons. As a part of the RPWI team, which will be lead by Sweden, SSG are handling the data compression

The JUICE mission will observe Jupiter’s atmosphere, magnetosphere and its moons as a potential habitat for life and ACSE is delighted that the SSG team is a part of this important mission.

Original article on the juice mission

JUICE team photo