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BepiColombo solar wing deployment test

Date: 06 March 2017
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Mercury Planetary Orbiter
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA

ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter of the BepiColombo mission, with its 7.5 m-long solar wing fully extended.

The image was taken during testing carried out at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands last month, prior to its launch in October 2018. It shows the 'back' side of the solar panels, with cabling that will eventually be connected to the main spacecraft body. One of the back panels is also reflective, to redirect stray light away from the spacecraft body.

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Last Update: 07 July 2017

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