JUICE mission is aimed to study Jupiter and to investigate the potentially habitable zones in the Galilean icy satellites: Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.
The spacecraft will carry a number of instruments for studying different aspects of the Jovian system. Radar for Icy Moon Exploration (RIME) is one of the payloads that will be carried on board JUICE. RIME is a radar sounder instrument optimized for the penetration of the Galilean icy moons up to a depth of 9 km.
The proposed RIME is unique as it is the first instrument to be deployed to Jupiter and the outer Solar System capable of performing direct subsurface measurements. Therefore, RIME is a key instrument for achieving groundbreaking science on the geology and the geophysics of Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.
In order to reach the scientific objectives of the JUICE mission regarding the investigation of the subsurface of the Jovian moons, the design of the RIME instrument has to take into account the following observational requirements: multiple profiles for targeted regions with less than 50 km spacing, penetration depths of 1-9 km and vertical resolution of 30 m to 1% of target depth.
RIME Status: Phase B2/C

RSDE is part of the activities for the design, development, and scientific exploitation of the Radar for Icy Moon Exploration (RIME) instrument.

Funding Agencies:
European Space Agency
Italian Space Agency

University of Trento
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Italian Space Agency
European Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin
University of Iowa
Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University
Institut de Planétologie et d‘Astrophysique de Grenoble CNRS/UJF
Smithsonian Institution, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
International Research School of Planetary Sciences, Università d‘Annunzio
Consorzio di Ricerca su Sistemi di Telesensori Avanzati
Roma 3 University
Washington University in St. Louis
Technische Universität Dresden
University of Nantes