NISAR's flight antenna system, sitting in the thermal vacuum chamber, photographed from a low angle on the ground
Published: January 4, 2022

This view shows NISAR’s flight antenna system before chamber door was closed, as it underwent thermal vacuum testing at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

Thermal vacuum testing is conducted with the spacecraft antenna system in its stowed configuration, exposing it to the full range of temperatures it will see in orbit prior to deployment. The testing included functional checks of deployment motors and release of some launch restraints.