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 type Planetary science
Operator ESA · JAXA
Website sci.esa.int/bepicolombo/
Mission duration Planned: 1+ year
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer EADS Astrium · ISAS
Launch mass 4,100 kg (9,040 lb)[1]
BOL mass MPO: 1,230 kg (2,710 lb)[1]
MMO: 255 kg (560 lb)[1]
Dry mass 2,700 kg (5,950 lb)[1]
Dimensions MPO: 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)
Power MPO: 150 W
MMO: 90 W
Start of mission
Launch date Planned: October 2018 (2018-10)[1]
Rocket Ariane 5 ECA
Launch site Guiana Space Centre[2]
Contractor Arianespace
Mercury orbiter
Spacecraft component Mercury Planetary Orbiter
Orbital insertion Planned: 5 December 2025
Orbit parameters
Perihermion 480 km (300 mi)
Apohermion 1,500 km (930 mi)
Inclination 90°
Mercury orbiter
Spacecraft component Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter
Orbital insertion Planned: 5 December 2025
Orbit parameters
Perihermion 590 km (370 mi)
Apohermion 11,640 km (7,230 mi)
Inclination 90°

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.