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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #120 on: 05/28/2018 06:52 PM »
Another ESA image of BepiColombo unpacked

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #121 on: 06/05/2018 06:49 PM »
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Ariane 5   June 5, 2018
Payload preparations advance for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 flight with BepiColombo

The multi-month payload preparation phase is making progress for the upcoming BepiColombo mission to planet Mercury, which will be launched later this year on an Arianespace Ariane 5 flight from the Spaceport.

BepiColombo was developed in a joint effort of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It comprises three spacecraft modules and a sunshield, which were delivered along with ground support equipment and other essential hardware during a series of cargo flights in April and May.

Following their arrival in French Guiana and subsequent transfer by road to the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, the modules – including the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO), Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) and Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) – were removed from their protective shipping containers for inspection. Afterward, they were switched on and battery tested, then fitted with mechanical and electrical ground support systems.

Deep space exploration for BepiColombo

Additional activities to be performed include attaching solar wings to the three modules and testing their deployment mechanisms, dressing the spacecraft in protective insulation, installing the sunshield, conducting pressure tests, fueling and integration.

The BepiColombo mission is designed to study and understand Mercury’s composition, geophysics, atmosphere, magnetosphere and history. After arriving at Mercury in late 2025, BepiColombo will have a nominal one-year duration with the possibility for an extension.

Ariane 5’s launch of BepiColombo – which gets its name from Italian Professor Giuseppe (Bepi) Colombo – is designated VA245 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/bepicolombo-preparations/

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BepiColombo’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Mercury Transfer Module undergo electrical testing during activity at the Spaceport.

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #122 on: 06/12/2018 08:19 AM »
June 8, 2018 (JST)

MIO-Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter’s New Name

JAXA selected MIO as new name for the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) to be launched this Japanese fiscal year. Selection process is based on public response to the MMO renaming project made during the designated correspondence period, February 20 to April
9, 2018. Following are the details:

1 The New Name: MIO

2 Namesake and Background

・The definition of the word mio in the original Japanese is a waterway or fairway. It is a fitting name denoting how far the MMO mission has come, navigating its course past important research and development milestones. It also carries the connotation of wishing
the spacecraft a safe journey. 
・Historically, markers called mio-tsukushi were posted to guide boats sailing at rivers and sea. In traditional Japanese poetry, mio-tsukushi interchangeably means working hard without giving up. This describes the diligent and tenacious sprit of the MMO project
team who never ceases to challenge. 
・The spacecraft will travel through the solar wind, a continuous stream of plasma that the Sun emits in the Mercury’s magnetosphere. The Mercury’s magnetospheric interference constantly affects the state of the solar wind in orbit. It conjures up the image of a
sea vessel underway with its bow heading forward. 
・Mio is easy to say for many, especially those who do not speak Japanese.

3 Statistics

Total number of correspondents: 6,494
19 suggested Mio. 3 did Mio-Tsukushi.

4 The Selection Committee Members

Hajime Hayakawa, Project Manager, BepiColombo project team/Professor at the Department of Solar System Sciences, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

Go Murakami, Project Scientist, BepiColombo project team/Assistant Professor at the Department of Solar System Sciences, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

Chisato Ikuta, Director for Education and Public Outreach at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

Yasunori Matogawa, Emeritus at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

Naoko Takeuchi, Cartoonist

5 Acknowledgments by Hajime Hayakawa

I thank all who responded for your interest in the MMO. We are at the start of the mission with a long way ahead. I hope MIO will bring to us a lot of discoveries about the Mercury.

6 Prize

JAXA will send a gift to all who 19 proposers of Mio no sooner than July.


Mission Overview: MIO and the International Mercury Exploration BepiColombo Mission

BepiColombo, an ESA-JAXA joint mission to explore Mercury, comprises of two orbiters - the MPO, Mercury Planetary Orbiter and the MIO, Mercury Magnetosphere Orbiter. MPO aims at elucidating the surface and internal composition of Mercury. The MIO mission is observing
the planet's magnetic field and magnetosphere.
JAXA is in charge of the development of the MIO spacecraft and controlling its operation at the target orbit, as Japan is adept at observations of magnetic field and magnetosphere. ESA controls BepiColombo launch and flight to Mercury and orbital insertions. The
development and operation of the MPO is also part of the mission performed by ESA. Ariane 5 will launch the tandem satellites. After entering the planet's orbit, detached orbiters are scheduled for approximately year-long observation mission, which both agencies
will cooperatively engage in.

[Reference] Related Links:

Mercury Exploration Mission "BepiColombo"
http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/bepi/index.html

Mercury Magnetosphere Orbiter (MMO) /BepiColombo (ISAS)
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/en/missions/spacecraft/developing/mmo.html

BepiColombo Mercury Exploration
http://www.stp.isas.jaxa.jp/mercury/index-e.html

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #123 on: 06/12/2018 08:23 AM »
I'm a little disappointed. I suggested MMO to be named after Asimov, the sci-fi writer, but I guess the Japanese prefer to use their own names.

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #124 on: 06/12/2018 11:06 AM »
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Hand-sewn insulation blankets

Released 12/06/2018 9:00 am
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Description

One of the main activities in recent weeks for the BepiColombo team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou has been the installation of multi-layered insulation foils and sewing of high-temperature blankets on the Mercury Planetary Orbiter.

The insulation is to protect the spacecraft from the extreme thermal conditions that will be experienced in Mercury orbit.

While conventional multi-layered insulation appears gold-coloured, the upper layer of the module’s striking white high-temperature blanket provides the focus of this image.

The white blankets are made from quartz fibres. Because the fabric is not electrically conductive, to control the build-up of electrostatic charge on the surface of the spacecraft, conducting threads have been woven through the outer layer every 10 cm. The edges of the outer blanket are hand-sewn together once installed on the module, as seen in this image.

The face of the spacecraft the engineer is working on is the panel that will always look at Mercury’s surface and as such many of the science instruments are focused here. This includes the orbiter’s cameras and spectrometers, a laser altimeter and particle analyser.

The panel also has fixtures to connect the module to the Transfer Module during the cruise to Mercury.

The face of the spacecraft pointing to the left in this orientation is the spacecraft radiator, which will eventually be fitted with ‘fins’ designed to reflect heat directionally, allowing the spacecraft to fly at low altitude over the hot surface of the planet. Heat generated by spacecraft subsystems and payload components, as well as heat that comes from the Sun and Mercury and ‘leaks’ through the blankets into the spacecraft, will be conducted to the radiator by heat pipes and ultimately radiated into space.

The oval shapes correlate to star trackers, used for navigation, while a spectrometer is connected with ground support equipment towards the top. At the back of this face, the magnetometer boom can be seen folded against the spacecraft – it has now also been fitted with multi-layered insulation.

For more images of the launch preparations at Kourou visit the BepiColombo image gallery.
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http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/06/Hand-sewn_insulation_blankets

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #125 on: 06/30/2018 05:27 PM »
Source: SFN Launch Schedule https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ , June 29 update

Delay of BepiColombo launch date in planetary launch window to October 18.

EDIT 7/3: Source: SFN Launch Schedule https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ , July 3 update

Launch date/time: October 19, 01:45 UTC = October 18, 22:45 GFT (Kourou)
« Last Edit: 07/03/2018 03:34 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #126 on: 07/17/2018 09:35 AM »
Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter preparations

Engineers working on the integration of the Japanese Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) of the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission as part of launch preparations at Europe’s Spaceport.

The mission consists of two science orbiters – ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and JAXA's MMO – and the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), which will use solar electric propulsion to take the two orbiters to the Mercury, along with gravity assist flybys at Earth, Venus and Mercury itself.

Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #127 on: 07/17/2018 09:35 AM »
BepiColombo at the Spaceport

Overview of the integration activities in the S5 facility of Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, where the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft are undergoing launch preparations.

The mission consists of two science orbiters – the Japanese Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) and ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) – and the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), which will use solar electric propulsion to take the two orbiters to the Mercury, along with gravity assist flybys at Earth, Venus and Mercury itself.

BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury, due to launch this year on a journey the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. When it arrives at Mercury in late 2025, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350 °C.

Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #128 on: 07/17/2018 09:36 AM »
Deployment of MTM solar wing

On 6 July, a test deployment of one of the two solar arrays of the BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) was performed during launch preparations at Europe's Spaceport. The MTM will use solar electric propulsion to take the two science orbiters of the BepiColombo mission to the innermost planet, along with gravity assist flybys at Earth, Venus and Mercury itself.

Credits: ESA–B. Guillaume

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #129 on: 07/17/2018 09:37 AM »
Sewing MPO insulation blankets

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission at Europe's Spaceport undergoing intense preparations for launch. Here, sewing of the insulation blankets on ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) is taking place, while JAXA’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) can be seen in the background.

Credits: ESA–B. Guillaume

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #130 on: 07/24/2018 08:27 AM »
Mercury Transfer Module solar wing inspection

Last week the second of two solar arrays on the BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) underwent final inspections and deployment before being folded and stowed for launch.

In this image, the solar array is attached to the MTM, which is out of view to the right, and engineers are carefully checking the alignment of the deployed array. Electrical tests and illumination tests were performed before folding the five-panel, 15 metre-long array and tensioning the cables ahead of one last deployment test.

After a final inspection, the solar array was folded again and a temporary protective red cover installed, concluding a successful test phase of the transfer module’s solar arrays.

The MTM will carry the two science orbiters – ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter and JAXA’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter – to the innermost planet using solar electric propulsion along with gravity assist flybys at Earth, Venus and Mercury.

Shortly before arriving at Mercury in 2025, the MTM will separate and the two science orbiters will be captured into orbit together, before separating and moving into their respective orbits. Together they will provide the most up-to-date investigation of the least explored planet in the inner Solar System to date.

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #131 on: 07/27/2018 01:35 PM »
July 26, 2018 (JST)

The International Mercury Exploration "BepiColombo" Launch Schedule

Below is the launch schedule for BepiColombo, a leading Japan-Europe mission to Mercury. BepiColombo consists of two spacecraft - JAXA's MIO, the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter and the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Both orbiters carried aboard Ariane 5 will cooperatively accomplish comprehensive observations of Mercury. Be informed of the following Ariane 5 launch schedule officially announced by Arianespace SA and ESA.

Launch Time and Date:
22:45, local time in French Guinea, October 19, 2018
(10:45, Japan Standard Time, October 19, 2018)

Reserved Launch Period:
Through November 29, 2018

Location:
Guiana Space Centre, Europe's spaceport in Kourou

[Reference]
Mission Overview: The International Mercury Exploration "BepiColombo" Mission and MIO

BepiColombo, an ESA-JAXA joint mission to explore Mercury, sends two spacecraft to orbit around Mercury for observations. Each is tasked with distinctive observation objects. MIO aims at elucidating the magnetic field and magnetosphere of Mercury.
The MPO mission is observing the planet's surface and internal composition. JAXA is in charge of the development of the MIO spacecraft and controlling its operation at the target orbit because MIO's mission objectives lie in Japan's area of expertise.
ESA controls BepiColombo launch and flight to Mercury and orbital insertions. The development and operation of the MPO is also part of the mission performed by ESA.
MIO and MPO are payload launched by the Ariane 5 spacecraft. After entering the planet's orbit, detached satellites are scheduled for approximately year-long observation mission, which both agencies will cooperatively engage in.

Reference links for further information:

Mercury Exploration Mission "BepiColombo"
http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/bepi/

Mercury Magnetosphere Orbiter (MMO) /BepiColombo (ISAS)
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/en/missions/spacecraft/developing/mmo.html

BepiColombo Mercury Exploration
http://www.stp.isas.jaxa.jp/mercury/index-e.html

BepiColombo to target mid-October launch (ESA)
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/BepiColombo/BepiColombo_to_target_mid-October_launch

URL:
http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2018/07/20180726_mmo.html


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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #132 on: 09/01/2018 12:10 PM »
BEPICOLOMBO SCIENCE ORBITERS STACKED TOGETHER

31 August 2018

The two science orbiters of the joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission are connected in their launch configuration and the European science orbiter and transport module have been given the go-ahead to be loaded with propellants.

The mission completed its Qualification Acceptance Review in the last week, which confirms it is on track for its 19 October launch. The three-spacecraft mission is currently scheduled to launch on an Ariane 5 at 03:45 CEST (01:45 GMT) on 19 October, or 22:45 local time in Kourou on 18 October, with the launch window remaining open until 29 November.

http://sci.esa.int/bepicolombo/60586-bepicolombo-science-orbiters-stacked-together/

Image credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique video du CSG – J. Odang

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #133 on: 09/07/2018 09:21 AM »
Quote from: @ESABepi
We’re on the move! After our first months at the #Spaceport in the “processing area”, we’ve transferred to a different room for our upcoming chemical propulsion fueling activities
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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #134 on: 09/09/2018 02:21 PM »
The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module, MTM, moving between facilities at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou. Together with JAXA's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter and ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter, the modules spent the first part of the launch campaign in the 'processing area' before moving to the 'fueling integration area' where the chemical propulsion fueling activities will take place.

 
Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique video du CSG – P.Baudon

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Re: ESA/JAXA - BepiColombo updates
« Reply #135 on: 09/17/2018 03:17 PM »
The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module and Mercury Planetary Orbiter being prepared for chemical propulsion fueling.

The transfer module will use both ion propulsion and chemical propulsion, in combination with gravity assist flybys at Earth, Venus and Mercury to bring the two science orbiters close enough to Mercury to be gravitationally captured into its orbit. There, ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter will use its small thrusters to deliver JAXA’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter into its elliptical orbit around Mercury, before separating and descending to its own orbit closer to the planet.

 
Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique video du CSG – P.Baudon

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