This video shows the installation of one of Europa Clipper’s Europa Compute Elements, which are the main computers of the spacecraft. The Europa Compute Elements, or ECE, is the host for the main flight software for the mission. The ECE receives the commands from the ground through the radio waves, and forwards those commands to different engineering and science instruments. Engineering telemetry and science data from different instruments are collected by the ECE. The data is temporarily stored in ECE memory and sent to the ground via radio waves, which are received by NASA’s Deep Space Network.
Published: May 4, 2023