Spacecraft Status

*Europa Clipper will use hardware used for communicating with Earth for its gravity/radio science investigations.

Your Guide to Spacecraft Assembly
ASSEMBLY STATUS
Step 1
Hardware Development

Europa Clipper’s instruments and other spacecraft hardware are developed at contractor facilities across the United States and Europe.

ASSEMBLY STATUS
Step 2
Hardware Delivered

Europa Clipper’s instruments and other spacecraft hardware arrive at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

ASSEMBLY STATUS
Step 3
Attached to Spacecraft

Europa Clipper’s instruments and other spacecraft hardware are attached to the spacecraft.

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Step 4
Environmental Testing

Tests are conducted to demonstrate that the Europa Clipper spacecraft can survive the environments it will experience in flight.

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Step 5
Final Checkouts

After environmental tests, the Europa Clipper spacecraft undergoes a thorough checkout and is shipped to the launch site.

ASSEMBLY STATUS
Step 6
Launch Ready

The Europa Clipper spacecraft, including its instruments, is ready to launch!

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