BepiColombo

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BepiColombo
Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter
Artist's depiction of the BepiColombo mission, with the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (left) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (right)
Mission typePlanetary science
OperatorESA · JAXA
COSPAR ID2018-080A
SATCAT no.43653Edit this on Wikidata
Websitesci.esa.int/bepicolombo/
Mission durationPlanned: 1+ year
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerEADS Astrium · ISAS
Launch mass4,100 kg (9,040 lb)[1]
BOL massMPO: 1,230 kg (2,710 lb)[1]
MMO: 255 kg (560 lb)[1]
Dry mass2,700 kg (5,950 lb)[1]
DimensionsMPO: 2.4 × 2.2 × 1.7 m[1]
     (7.9 × 7.2 × 5.6 ft)
MMO: 1.8 × 1.1 m[1]
     (5.9 × 3.6 ft)
PowerMPO: 150 W
MMO: 90 W
Start of mission
Launch datePlanned: October 2018 (2018-10)[1]
RocketAriane 5 ECA
Launch siteGuiana Space Centre[2]
ContractorArianespace
Mercury orbiter
Spacecraft componentMercury Planetary Orbiter
Orbital insertionPlanned: 5 December 2025
Orbit parameters
Perihermion480 km (300 mi)
Apohermion1,500 km (930 mi)
Inclination90°
Mercury orbiter
Spacecraft componentMercury Magnetospheric Orbiter
Orbital insertionPlanned: 5 December 2025
Orbit parameters
Perihermion590 km (370 mi)
Apohermion11,640 km (7,230 mi)
Inclination90°

BepiColombo is a planned European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission to the planet Mercury. The mission is still being planned. This means that the details of the mission are likely to change. Its planned launch date is 2014 and it is planned to arrive at Mercury in 2020.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "BepiColombo Factsheet". European Space Agency. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. "MMO/BepiColombo". JAXA. 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2014.