BepiColombo Planetary Orbiter Payload Selection
18 November 2004With the approval of the Solar System Working Group (SSWG), Solar System Advisory Committee (SSAC) and Science Programme Committee (SPC), the selected payload for the Mercury Planetary Orbiter now enters the final stages of the definition phase.
On 26 February 2004, ESA issued the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) payload request for proposals. On 15 May 2004 the proposals were received and evaluated by the international Payload Review Committee (PRC), assisted by the ESTEC teams and the industrial definition study contractors.
The PRC issued its final recommendation with a proposed payload selection and presented this to the SSWG on 12 - 13 October and to the SSAC on 19 - 20 October. Both the SSWG and SSAC have approved the proposed MPO payload selection.
The Science Programme Committee, during its meeting on 9 - 10 November 2004, unanimously approved the proposed payload complement and this selection will now be taken by the project team for the finalisation of the definition phase and for the implementation phase.
Selected MPO payload
Physikalisches Institut University of Bern Switzerland
DLR Inst. fur Planetenforschung
|ISA||Radio science ACC: accelerometer||PI|
The Blackett Laboratory
Imperial College London UK
The Blackett Laboratory
Imperial College London
Institut fur Planetologie
|Gamma ray and neutron spectrometer||PI|
Institute for Space Research
Space Science & Technology Department
CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Lab.
Observatory Univ. of Helsinki
University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Universite P&M Curie Paris
Planetary Plasma & Atmospheric Research Center
|SERENA||Neutral and ionised particle analyser||PI
S. A. Livi
Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physical Lab.
Swedish Inst.of Space Physics (IRF)
Space Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences
|SIMBIO-SYS||High resolution + stereo camerasVisual and NIR spectrometer||PI
Italian Space Agency
INAF-Osserv.Astronomico di Capodimonte
INAF-Osserv. Astronomico di Padova
LESIA-Obs. de Paris
Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS)
J. L. Josset
Observatory-Univ. of Helsinki
Space Science & Technol. Dept.
CCLR-Rutherford Appleton Lab.
1The feasibility of the laser altimeter has to be demonstrated before November 2005, after which BELA can then be confirmed as part of the payload.
2For the gamma-ray spectrometer there are two proposals (MGNS or MANGA). Both proposals present technical risks and the feasibility have to be demonstrated before November 2005. The MGNS, which has the lower impact on resources, is the preferred solution, and it will be confirmed as part of the payload if its feasibility is confirmed.