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The Bepi Colombo Laser Altimeter (BELA): Concept and baseline design

Thomas, N. and Spohn, T. and Barriot, J.-P. and Benz, W. and Beutler, G. and Christensen, U. and Dehant, V. and Fallnich, C. and Giardini, D. and Groussin, O. and Gunderson, K. and Hauber, E. and Hilchenbach, M. and Iess, L. and Lamy, P. and Lara, L.-M. and Lognonné, P. and Lopez-Moreno, J.J. and Michaelis, H. and Oberst, J. and Resendes, D. and Reynaud, J.-L. and Rodrigo, R. and Sasaki, S. and Seiferlin, K. and Wieczorek, M. and Whitby, J. (2007) The Bepi Colombo Laser Altimeter (BELA): Concept and baseline design. Planetary and Space Science, 55, pp. 1398-1413. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2007.03.003.

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Abstract

The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) has been selected for flight on board the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO). The experiment is intended to be Europe’s first planetary laser altimeter system. Although the proposed system has similarities to the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) currently flying on board NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, the specific orbit and construction of the MPO force the use of novel concepts for BELA. Furthermore, the base-lined range-finding approach is novel. In this paper, we describe the BELA system and show preliminary results from some prototype testing.

Document Type:Article
Title:The Bepi Colombo Laser Altimeter (BELA): Concept and baseline design
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Thomas, N.Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Spohn, T.UNSPECIFIED
Barriot, J.-P.Bureau Gravimetrique International, Avenue Edouard Belin 18, F-31055 Toulouse, France
Benz, W.Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Beutler, G.Astronomy Institute, Sidlerstr. 5, University of Bern, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland
Christensen, U.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau
Dehant, V.Royal Observatory of Belgium, 3 avenue Circulaire, B-1180 Brussels, Belgium
Fallnich, C.Physikalische-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Bundesallee 100, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany
Giardini, D.Institute of Geophysics/Swiss Seismological Service, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, (ETHZ), Honggerberg, CH-3093 Zurich, Switzerland
Groussin, O.Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2421, USA
Gunderson, K.Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Hauber, E.UNSPECIFIED
Hilchenbach, M.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau
Iess, L.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale e Astronautica, Universita’ degli Studi di Roma ‘‘La Sapienza’’, Via Eudossiana 18, I-00184 Rome, Italy
Lamy, P.Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, Site Peiresc, Traverse du Siphon-Les Trois Lucs, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France
Lara, L.-M.Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, C/ Camino Bajo de Hue´tor 24, 18008 Granada, Spain
Lognonné, P.Département de Géophysique Spatiale et Planétaire/UMR7096-CNRS, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, 4 Avenue de Neptune,
Lopez-Moreno, J.J.Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, C/ Camino Bajo de Hue´tor 24, 18008 Granada, Spain
Michaelis, H.UNSPECIFIED
Oberst, J.UNSPECIFIED
Resendes, D.Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Reynaud, J.-L.Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, Site Peiresc, Traverse du Siphon-Les Trois Lucs, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France
Rodrigo, R.Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, C/ Camino Bajo de Hue´tor 24, 18008 Granada, Spain
Sasaki, S.Planetary Sciences Group, Geological Institute, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Seiferlin, K.Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Wieczorek, M.Département de Géophysique Spatiale et Planétaire/UMR7096-CNRS, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, 4 Avenue de Neptune,
Whitby, J.Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Date:2007
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:55
DOI:10.1016/j.pss.2007.03.003
Page Range:pp. 1398-1413
Status:Published
Keywords:Mercury, BepiColombo, Laser altimetry, Instrument design
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)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Judit Jänchen
Deposited On:26 Jul 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:08

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