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The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter

Thomas, Nicolas and Hussmann, Hauke and Spohn, Tilman and Lara, Luisa and Christensen, Ulrich and Affolter, M. and Bandy, T. and Beck, Thomas and Chakraborty, S. and Geissbuehler, U. and Gerber, M. and Ghose, K. and Gouman, J. and HosseiniArani, Alireza and Kuske, K. and Peteut, A. and Piazza, D. and Rieder, M. and Servonet, A. and Althaus, Christian and Behnke, Thomas and Gwinner, Klaus and Hüttig, Christian and Kallenbach, Reinald and Lichopoj, Alexander and Lingenauber, Kay and Lötzke, Horst Georg and Lüdicke, Fabian and Michaelis, Harald and Oberst, Juergen and Schrödter, Rolf and Stark, Alexander and Steinbrügge, Gregor and Del Togno, Simone and Wickhusen, Kai and Castro Arvizu, J. M. and Herranz, M. and Rodrigo, J. and Perplies, H. and Weigel, T. and Schulze-Walewski, Stefan and Blum, S. and Casciello, A. and Rugi-Grond, E. and Coppoolse, W. and Rech, M. and Weidlich, Kai and Leikert, Thomas and Henkelmann, Reiner and Trefzger, B. and Metz, B. (2021) The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter. Space Science Reviews, 217 (1), p. 25. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11214-021-00794-y. ISSN 0038-6308.

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11214-021-00794-y

Abstract

The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) is the first European laser altimeter constructed for interplanetary flight. BELA uses a 50 mJ pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 10 Hz with a 20 cm aperture receiver to perform the ranging. The instrument also uses a digital approach for range detection and pulse analysis. The ranging accuracy is expected to be better than 2 metres and ∼20 cm in optimum conditions. With the given, only slightly elliptical, orbit, BELA should return a consistent data set for the most if not all of the planet. The instrument is required to function in an extreme environment with the thermal issues being particularly demanding. Novel solutions have been taken to resolve these issues. BELA is described in detail and its predicted performance outlined on the basis of pre-flight testing.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142459/
Document Type:Article
Title:The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Thomas, NicolasPhysikalisches Institut, Sidlerstrasse 5, University of Bern, 3012, Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hussmann, HaukeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3816-0232UNSPECIFIED
Spohn, TilmanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9322-6660UNSPECIFIED
Lara, LuisaInstituto de Astrofisica de AndaluciaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Christensen, UlrichMax-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Affolter, M.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bandy, T.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Beck, ThomasUniversity of Berne, Switzerlandhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5624-3410UNSPECIFIED
Chakraborty, S.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Geissbuehler, U.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gerber, M.physikalisches institut, university of berne, sidlerstr.5 ch - 3012 bern, switzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ghose, K.physics institute, space research & planetary sciences, university of bern, sidlerstr. 5, ch-3012 bern, switzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gouman, J.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
HosseiniArani, AlirezaUniversity of Berne, Switzerlandhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5080-7094UNSPECIFIED
Kuske, K.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Peteut, A.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Piazza, D.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rieder, M.Physics Institute, Space Research & Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Servonet, A.physics institute, space research & planetary sciences, university of bern, sidlerstr. 5, ch-3012 bern, switzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Althaus, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Behnke, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gwinner, KlausUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hüttig, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0006-3621-7000UNSPECIFIED
Kallenbach, ReinaldUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lichopoj, AlexanderUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lingenauber, KayUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3905-9603148018809
Lötzke, Horst GeorgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lüdicke, FabianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Michaelis, HaraldUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, JuergenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schrödter, RolfUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stark, AlexanderUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9110-1138UNSPECIFIED
Steinbrügge, GregorStanford University, USAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1050-7759UNSPECIFIED
Del Togno, SimoneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wickhusen, KaiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2524-5285UNSPECIFIED
Castro Arvizu, J. M.Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, C/ Camino Bajo de Huétor 24, 18008, Granada, SpainUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Herranz, M.Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, C/ Camino Bajo de Huétor 24, 18008, Granada, SpainUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rodrigo, J.Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, C/ Camino Bajo de Huétor 24, 18008, Granada, SpainUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Perplies, H.Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3, 37077, Göttingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weigel, T.Thales-Alenia Space Schweiz, Schaffhauserstrasse 580, 8052, Zürich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schulze-Walewski, StefanThales-Alenia Space Schweiz, Schaffhauserstrasse 580, 8052, Zürich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Blum, S.Thales-Alenia Space Schweiz, Schaffhauserstrasse 580, 8052, Zürich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Casciello, A.Thales-Alenia Space Schweiz, Schaffhauserstrasse 580, 8052, Zürich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rugi-Grond, E.Thales-Alenia Space Schweiz, Schaffhauserstrasse 580, 8052, Zürich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Coppoolse, W.Thales-Alenia Space Schweiz, Schaffhauserstrasse 580, 8052, Zürich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rech, M.Hensoldt Optronics GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22, 73447, Oberkochen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weidlich, KaiHensoldt Optronics GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22, 73447, Oberkochen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Leikert, ThomasHensoldt Optronics GmbHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Henkelmann, ReinerHensoldt Optronics GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22, 73447, Oberkochen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Trefzger, B.Hensoldt Optronics GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22, 73447, Oberkochen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Metz, B.Hensoldt Optronics GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22, 73447, Oberkochen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:18 February 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Space Science Reviews
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:217
DOI:10.1007/s11214-021-00794-y
Page Range:p. 25
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0038-6308
Status:Published
Keywords:Laser Altimeter, BepiColombo, BELA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project BepiColombo - MERTIS and BELA
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Stark, Dr. Alexander
Deposited On:01 Jun 2021 08:01
Last Modified:04 Dec 2023 12:38

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