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The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) during Near-Earth Commissioning Phase (NECP)

Stark, Alexander and Hussmann, Hauke and Thomas, Nicolas and Lara, Luisa M. and Wickhusen, Kai and Lüdicke, Fabian and Hüttig, Christian and Schröder, Rolf and Oberst, J. and Michaelis, Harald (2019) The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) during Near-Earth Commissioning Phase (NECP). EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019, 15. Sep.-20. Sep. 2019, Genf, Schweiz.

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Official URL: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC-DPS2019/EPSC-DPS2019-1937-1.pdf


The ESA/JAXA joint mission BepiColombo to Mercury was launched successfully on October 20, 2018 (UTC) from Kourou, French Guiana. Currently BepiColombo is on its nominal 7-years cruise to the innermost planet. BepiColombo consists of two spacecraft, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), both targeted for different orbits around Mercury after arrival in December 2025. The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) is one of ten payloads on the MPO. After launch the spacecraft and the instruments entered the Near-Earth Commissioning Phase (NECP), including a first switch-on of BELA on November24, 2018. Here we report on the status of the instrument based on the analysis of NECP data and on data from a second switch-on, planned for June 2019.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/131520/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) during Near-Earth Commissioning Phase (NECP)
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Stark, AlexanderAlexander.Stark (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hussmann, HaukeHauke.Hussmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, NicolasPhysikalisches Institut, Sidlerstrasse 5, University of Bern, 3012, Bern, Switzerland, E-mail: nicolas.thomas (at) space.unibe.chUNSPECIFIED
Lara, Luisa M.Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (CSIC), Glorieta de la Astronomìa s/n, 18008 Granada, SpainUNSPECIFIED
Wickhusen, KaiKai.Wickhusen (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lüdicke, Fabianfabian.luedicke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hüttig, ChristianChristian.Huettig (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schröder, RolfRolf.Schroedter (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, J.TU Berlin, Germany, juergen.oberst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Michaelis, HaraldHarald.Michaelis (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 1937
Series Name:EPSC Abstracts
Keywords:BepiColombo, Commisioning, BELA, Laseraltimeter
Event Title:EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019
Event Location:Genf, Schweiz
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:15. Sep.-20. Sep. 2019
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Willner, Dr Konrad
Deposited On:29 Nov 2019 10:54
Last Modified:29 Nov 2019 10:54

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