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Heliospace Provides Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Support to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Heliospace is under contract through ATA Aerospace LLC to provide systems engineering, analysis, integration & test support to the NASA James Webb Space Telescope (Webb). The Heliospace team brings critical and unique skills to the Webb program based on experience with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other space-based telescopes and observing platforms. Webb is an international program led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency. Webb is scheduled for launch in 2021.


Engineering Model of the High Frequency radar antenna for the Europa Clipper mission successfully passes vibration and shock tests. Heliospace is providing this system to JPL/Caltech as part of a radar experiment to study the subsurface of Jupiter’s moon Europa.


Heliospace is under contract with Caltech to design, build, test and deliver the High Frequency (HF) Antennas for the Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface (REASON) instrument on the NASA Europa Clipper mission. Under principal investigator Dr. Donald Blankenship of the University of Texas, Austin, REASON is a dual-frequency ice penetrating radar instrument designed to characterize and sound Europa’s icy crust from the near-surface to the ocean, revealing the hidden structure of Europa’s ice shell and potential water within. The Heliospace HF antennas are an extremely compact design accommodated on the edges of the Europa Clipper spacecraft solar arrays, and will deploy to form two dipole antennas up to 18 m in length during flight. The Europa Clipper program is managed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a planned launch in 2023.