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BepiColombo: Payload and mission updates

Schulz, R. und Benkhoff, J. (2006) BepiColombo: Payload and mission updates. Advances in Space Research, 38 (4), Seiten 572-577. COSPAR. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2005.05.084. ISSN 0273-1177.

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Kurzfassung

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.

Dokumentart:Zeitschriftenbeitrag
Titel:BepiColombo: Payload and mission updates
Autoren:
AutorenInstitution oder E-Mail-Adresse der Autoren
Schulz, R.ESA Research and Scientific Support Department, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Benkhoff, J.NICHT SPEZIFIZIERT
Datum:2006
Erschienen in:Advances in Space Research
Referierte Publikation:Ja
In ISI Web of Science:Nein
Band:38
DOI :10.1016/j.asr.2005.05.084
Seitenbereich:Seiten 572-577
Verlag:COSPAR
ISSN:0273-1177
Status:veröffentlicht
Stichwörter:BepiColombo, instrumentation, mission design, Mercury, space missions
HGF - Forschungsbereich:Verkehr und Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programm:Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programmthema:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Schwerpunkt:Weltraum
DLR - Forschungsgebiet:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Teilgebiet (Projekt, Vorhaben):W - Vorhaben BepiColombo (alt)
Standort: Berlin-Adlershof
Institute & Einrichtungen:Institut für Planetenforschung > Planetenphysik
Hinterlegt von: Nils Müller
Hinterlegt am:02 Jan 2007
Letzte Änderung:27 Apr 2009 13:22

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