Poland to make solar panel testing gear for ESA satellite

The JUICE mission is to launch in mid-2022. ESA

The Polish Sener Polska company will make auxiliary equipment for the assembly and testing of solar panels on the European Space Agency's (ESA) JUICE satellite.

JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) is the first major mission under ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 research project on the atmosphere and magnetosphere of Jupiter and its moons Europa, Callisto and Ganimede. The satellite will be fitted with 97 sqm of solar panelling, a bigger solar surface than ever in the history of interplanetary missions.

Sener Polska R&D head Ilona Wojtkiewicz told PAP that the large solar panel surface was necessary owing to the mission's distance from the sun.

Sener has already carried out several commissions for the JUICE mission, among others the company carried out FEM (Finite Element Method) simulations on the satellite's crucial components.

The JUICE mission is to launch in mid-2022.