BepiColombo Mercury magnetospheric orbiter design

Hiroshi Yamakawa, Hiroyuki Ogawa, Yoshitsugu Sone, Hajime Hayakawa, Yasumasa Kasaba, Takeshi Takashima, Toshifumi Mukai, Takahiko Tanaka, Masaki Adachi

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This paper summarizes the current status of the BepiColombo Mercury magnetospheric orbiter (MMO) spacecraft design. The MMO is a spinning spacecraft of 223 kg mass whose spin axis is nearly perpendicular to the Mercury orbital plane. The current status of the overall MMO system and subsystems such as thermal control, communication, power, etc., are described. The critical technologies are also outlined. Furthermore, the outline of the international cooperation between Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and European Space Agency is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-705
Number of pages7
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun


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