Launching 2024, Europa Clipper will conduct a detailed survey of Europa and
use a sophisticated suite of instruments to investigate whether the icy moon has
conditions suitable for life.
Quantic Wenzel Frequency Synthesizer to Support NASA's Europa
Austin, TX - May 16th, 2023 - Quantic
Wenzel, a leader in crystal oscillators, frequency sources, and integrated microwave
assemblies has completed delivery of a space-qualified frequency synthesizer assembly
for NASA's Europa Clipper Mission. Scheduled to launch next year, the spacecraft
will orbit Jupiter to perform a detailed exploration of Europa - a moon that shows
evidence for an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust and which could host
conditions suitable for life.
"Our support of the Europa Clipper mission is another exciting step in our work
with JPL," said Jigar Shah, Director of Business Development at Quantic Wenzel.
"Wenzel is widely known as a company that RF engineers come to when they need to
solve their unique frequency reference and timing challenges for space applications."
Europa Clipper will carry instrumentation that can look directly into the moon's
icy shell. It is called the
Radar for Europa
Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface, or REASON. REASON will use radio
waves to penetrate Europa's ice as much as 18 miles deep. It will search for the
moon's suspected ocean, measure ice thickness, and study the ice's internal structure,
including any internal water bodies that may connect the surface and the ocean.
Working closely with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which
manages the mission, Quantic Wenzel engineered and manufactured a custom, space-qualified
frequency synthesizer assembly. The assembly consists of a single stable local oscillator
that generates the reference frequencies for all the instrument timing signals.
Earlier this month, Quantic Wenzel celebrated its
30th year supporting space RF/MW applications.
About Quantic Wenzel
Since 1978, Wenzel has defined the absolute state of the science in ultra-low
phase noise crystal oscillators, a portfolio complemented by a range of advanced
frequency sources and integrated microwave assemblies. Quantic Wenzel's oscillators
and synthesizers are designed into mission-critical military, space, and commercial
applications. Unmatched precision, low-g sensitivity and very low phase noise distinguish
Quantic Wenzel's engineering expertise, so customers can execute with full confidence
– and without hesitation. And as a Quantic company, Quantic Wenzel is a part of
an extended engineering ecosystem and powerful supply chain, defining a competitive
advantage that extends to every customer.
About NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Founded by Caltech researchers, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally
funded center for exploring the solar system and more distant expanses that humans
cannot yet reach. JPL leads missions in planetary exploration, Earth science, and
space-based astronomy. Their spacecraft and telescopes probe the farthest reaches
of our solar system and discover worlds beyond, while also observing our home planet
to provide crucial insights on climate and to assist in disaster recovery.
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Posted May 17, 2023