Bepicolombo mercury magnetospheric orbiter design

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

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


This paper summarizes the current status of the BepiColombo/MMO (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter) 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 JAXA and ESA are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 2005 Oct 172005 Oct 21


ConferenceInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005


Dive into the research topics of 'Bepicolombo mercury magnetospheric orbiter design'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this