Probing the surface of Ganymede by means of bistatic radar with the JUICE mission

Probing the surface of Ganymede by means of bistatic radar with the JUICE mission

Brighi Giancorrado

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Abstract. Scheduled to get to the Jovian system in 2031, the ESA mission JUICE will explore Jupiter and its icy moons with unprecedented detail. Among other radar systems, the JUICE radio science experiment (3GM) will have the technical capability to probe the uppermost few meters of Ganymede’s surface carrying out bistatic observations of the moon. In this work, we present a preliminary assessment of X-band downlink bistatic observations of Ganymede by means of JUICE High Gain Antenna during part of its final orbital phase around the moon. For the chosen time window, terrains between 60° N and 60° S appear to produce detectable echoes under the assumption of Ganymede reflecting as a water-ice rich perfectly conducting sphere. For the future activity of the 3GM experiment, more detailed surveys will be extended to the whole mission, comparing different available antennas and frequency bands, and accounting for the priority of different instruments and scientific objectives.

JUICE, Ganymede, Bistatic Radar, RMS Surface Slope, Dielectric Constant

Published online 9/1/2023, 8 pages
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Citation: Brighi Giancorrado, Probing the surface of Ganymede by means of bistatic radar with the JUICE mission, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 33, pp 110-117, 2023


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