The BepiColombo/MMO model payload and operation plan

H. Hayakawa, Y. Kasaba, H. Yamakawa, H. Ogawa, T. Mukai

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The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan plans to contribute the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) to the BepiColombo program, the ESA Cornerstone mission to the planet Mercury. The principal objective of the MMO is to study the magnetic field and magnetosphere of Mercury. The ISAS Mercury exploration working group has performed the definition study of the MMO mission in cooperation with the ESA/ESTEC BepiColombo project team. This paper briefly reviews the scientific objectives, and describes the model payload and its operation plan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2142-2146
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • BepiColombo
  • Magnetic field
  • Magnetosphere
  • Mercury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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