GomSpace and ESA have signed a Contract Change Notice (CCN) with a value of 1,500,000 euros (approx. SEK 18 million) — the Juventas CubeSat mission is led by GomSpace with support from a range of European subcontractors.
The amount for GomSpace in the CCN is provided to perform system level adaptations to increase the mission robustness. The Juventas spacecraft is expected to be delivered by the close of 2023 for integration and testing together with the HERA mothercraft.
Together, NASA’s DART and Hera missions, and the international research collaboration known as the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA), will demonstrate deflection technology that could be used to protect Earth from hazardous asteroids by shunting them off a collision course.
Juventas is a 6U smallsat containing a low frequency radar, named JuRa, as its primary payload
The smallsat will operate in close proximity to the Didymos asteroid system, focusing radar and radio-science experiments targeting the moon of the binary asteroid, named Dimorphos.
Juventas will complete its mission by attempting to land on the surface of Dimorphos, making measurements on the landing dynamics from likely bouncing events to capture details of the asteroids surface properties and end with measurements taken by a gravimeter payload to give insight to the dynamical properties of the asteroid.