🌟 How thrilling to see the first images taken by the monitoring cameras on board the ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE)! And we’re proud to announce that these incredible cameras were developed by LAMBDA-X | Masters In Innovation.
🤩 The images show part of the spacecraft with Earth as a stunning backdrop and they will provide 1024 x 1024 pixel snapshots of the journey and deployments JUICE will go through during its ongoing adventure in our solar system. The probe has two monitoring cameras, JMC1 and JMC2, that will be active during various mission operations, including gravity-assist flybys of the Moon, Earth, and Venus during the cruise to Jupiter.
JMC1 is located on the front of the spacecraft and looks diagonally up into a field of view that sees a part of one of the solar arrays, and will eventually see deployed antennas. JMC2, on the other hand, is located on the top of the spacecraft and will monitor the multi-stage deployment of the 16 m-long Radar for Icy Moons Exploration (RIME) antenna. RIME is an ice-penetrating radar that will be used to remotely probe the subsurface structure of the large moons of Jupiter.🪐
We’re excited to see these cameras in action and to witness the full deployment of the RIME antenna in the coming days. And we’re honored to have played a role in this groundbreaking international mission.
🛰️👨🚀 Stay tuned for more updates on Juice’s journey to Jupiter, and the amazing technology developed by Lambda-X that is helping to make it possible!