I read the article: these antennas are radio telescopes (or perhaps just do the same job). So they're using the moon to block interfering radio signals from Earth.
And from the sun.
> The moon night is ours, now.
That probably sounds less creepy in Dutch.
Are they perhaps nested rolled cones of thin metal?
NCLE antenna deployment test - 25x: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hca3MeX-8rw
Web page with video: https://www.isispace.nl/projects/ncle-the-netherlands-china-...
It's like an extreme version of metal tape measures. Which are ~flat when rolled up, and then curve enough when unrolled to become ~rigid. But in this case, they seem to become almost cylindrical when unrolled.
I know that it's likely an old design. It's just that I know nothing about satellite design.
I know that ESA headquarters are in the Netherlands. Do they just have so much space funding they have to look outside of Europe?
> This article was originally published by Universe Today. Read the original article.
But it doesn't provide a link to the original article: only to the main Universe Today website.