Schulz, R. and Benkhoff, J. (2006) BepiColombo: Payload and mission updates. Advances in Space Research, 38 (4), pp. 572-577. COSPAR. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2005.05.084. ISSN 0273-1177.
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BepiColombo is an interdisciplinary mission to explore the planet Mercury through a partnership between ESA and Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). From their dedicated orbits two spacecraft, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), will be studying the planet and its environment. They will be launched together on a single Soyuz-Fregat. The launch is foreseen for May 2012 with arrival in January 2017. Solar electric propulsion will be used for the journey to Mercury. The MMO provided by JAXA focuses on investigating the wave and particle environment of the planet from an eccentric orbit. The MPO, a three-axis-stabilized and nadir-pointing spacecraft in a low-eccentricity polar orbit, is dedicated to the characterization of Mercury. It will provide high accuracy measurements of the planet’s interior structure, a characterization of Mercury’s exosphere and a full coverage of the planet surface at high resolution, whereby surface morphology will be correlated to surface composition. Major effort was put into optimizing the scientific return by defining the payload complement such that individual measurements can be interrelated and complement each other. In November 2004, the BepiColombo scientific payload has been officially approved. The MPO payload comprises 11 instruments/instrument packages; the MMO payload consists of 5 instruments/instrument packages. Together, the scientific payload of both spacecraft will provide the detailed information necessary to understand Mercury and its magnetospheric environment and to find clues to the origin and evolution of a planet close to its parent star. An overview is given of the status of BepiColombo will with special emphasis on the MPO.
|Title:||BepiColombo: Payload and mission updates|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Advances in Space Research|
|In ISI Web of Science:||No|
|Page Range:||pp. 572-577|
|Keywords:||BepiColombo, instrumentation, mission design, Mercury, space missions|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)|
|HGF - Program:||Space (old)|
|HGF - Program Themes:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research area:||Space|
|DLR - Program:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||W - Vorhaben BepiColombo (old)|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics|
|Deposited By:||Nils Müller|
|Deposited On:||02 Jan 2007|
|Last Modified:||27 Apr 2009 13:22|
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