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The Bepicolomba Laser Altimeter (BELA) - Science Requirements and Experiment Description

Oberst, Jürgen and Spohn, Tilman and Michaelis, Harald and Thomas, N. and Seiferlin, K. (2006) The Bepicolomba Laser Altimeter (BELA) - Science Requirements and Experiment Description. Fifth International Symposium Turkish-German Joint Geodetic Days, 2006-03-29 - 2006-03-31, Berlin.

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The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) has been selected for flight aboard the MPO (Mercury Planetary Orbiter) of ESA´s BepiColombo mission to Mercury. From the spacecraft’s elliptic (pericenter: 400 km) near-polar orbit, the instrument will carry out range measurements to the surface along orbit tracks. The measurements will ultimately form a global geodetic map grid, which is fundamental for studies of the interior structure of the planet. BELA also aims at measurements of tidal flexing and planet librations. In addition, the analysis of the returning laser pulses will reveal details on the character of the surface, as morphology, reflectivity, and roughness. This first European planetary laser altimeter will be developed by a consortium led by the Physikalische Institut (Universität Bern, Switzerland) and the Institut für Planetenforschung (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Berlin, Germany). The spacecraft is scheduled for launch in 2013.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/43560/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Bepicolomba Laser Altimeter (BELA) - Science Requirements and Experiment Description
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Thomas, N.University of Berne, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIED
Seiferlin, K.University of Berne, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIED
Date:31 March 2006
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:BELA, Laser Altimeter, Mercury
Event Title:Fifth International Symposium Turkish-German Joint Geodetic Days
Event Location:Berlin
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-03-29 - 2006-03-31
Organizer:TU Berlin
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 Vergleichende Planetologie (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Brinkmann, Bärbel
Deposited On:16 Jun 2006
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:19

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