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Interplanetary cruise phase for the BepiColombo mission

Interplanetary cruise phase for the BepiColombo mission

Date: 25 February 2007
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Mercury Composite Spacecraft (MCS)
Copyright: ESA

Artist's impression of the Mercury Composite Spacecraft during the interplanetary cruise to Mercury. During this phase of the mission, the solar electric propulsion system will be used to brake against the Sun's increasingly stronger pull as the spacecraft travels toward the Solar System's innermost planet.

Two sets of two ion engines (one set for redundancy) are situated at the end of the Mercury Transfer Module, in a square configuration around the nozzle of the main chemical engine.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
30-May-2024 14:05 UT

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