What is that tower that sticks out from the top of the IMAGE satellite?

In the IMAGE Gallery you will see views of the satellite that show a conical tower on the 'top' of the satellite near its edge. This is the S-band antenna which will transmit data to the Deep Space network graound tracking stations. The Helix Antenna forms the major portion of the tower, with a small Omni Directional antenna as a smaller conical cap at the top of the tower.

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