Inside the cleanroom with BepiColombo

ESA Web TV talks to BepiColombo project manager Ulrich Reininghaus inside the cleanroom at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, where the mission is undergoing final preparations for its launch to Mercury.

BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and JAXA. It consists of two science orbiters – ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter and JAXA’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter – and the Mercury Transfer Module, which will use solar electric propulsion to carry the two orbiters to Mercury, along with gravity assist flybys at Earth, Venus and Mercury itself. It is Europe’s first mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in the inner Solar System.

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BepiColombo Simulation

Preparation is well under way for BepiColombo. Recently the long flight to Mercury was simulated at ESOC, ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, where it will be controlled during its journey after its launch from Kourou.

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To Europe’s spaceport!

Meet our new space explorers, the spacecraft of the BepiColombo mission, as they begin their adventure to planet Mercury. But first, they have to navigate through Amsterdam Schiphol airport to reach Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The spacecraft really do depart from Schiphol; along with essential ground-support equipment they are scheduled to fly in a series of Antonov aircraft during the last week of April and first week of May. Upon arrival at Kourou, an intensive six-months of preparations will prepare the mission for launch. The launch window opens 5 October until 29 November 2018.

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