After a number of 3D printed parts landed on Mars, with the Perseverance Rover, another set of 11 metal 3D printed parts is now getting ready to catch a ride on ESA’s JUICE spacecraft, which will soon be on its way to Jupiter’s orbit. The JUICE 3D printed parts were commissioned by the ESA and Airbus.
CATEC and CITD Engineering & Technologies) showed the first of the 11 parts developed for Airbus and the European Space Agency – ESA’s JUICE mission. The brackets are 3D printed in Scalmalloy and have been already qualified for flight, now waiting for the next environmental test at the end of 2021.
JUICE – JUpiter ICy moons Explorer – is the first large-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2029, it will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.
Although much of the focus of the JUICE mission is on the icy Galilean moons, its work of exploring how habitable worlds emerge around gas giants would not be complete without a comprehensive overview of the Jovian system. With a multitude of moons representing unique environments and a central object with a composition similar to that of the Sun, the Jovian system is akin to a small-scale star system. By studying it we can learn more about how the Solar System and exoplanetary systems work, how planets form, and how life can emerge under different conditions.