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Closing the thermal shroud around the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Mechanical and Propulsion Bus Proto-Flight Model inside the Phenix thermal vacuum facility

Date: 17 January 2013
Satellite: BepiColombo
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA - Anneke Le Floc'h

Closing the thermal shroud around the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Mechanical and Propulsion Bus (MPB) Proto-Flight Model inside the Phenix thermal vacuum facility.

The MPB is going to be baked out in a vacuum to remove any contaminants that would outgas in space. Twin cryopumps and a 10 m2 condensing cryopanel will be used to maintain the vacuum as the spacecraft outgasses.
 


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