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Fitting the high-temperature insulation

Fitting the high-temperature insulation


Date: 17 August 2011
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Mercury Planetary Orbiter STM
Location: Test Centre, ESTEC
Copyright: ESA

A technician installing a section of high-temperature thermal blanket on the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Structural and Thermal Model.

The outer layer of the high-temperature blankets is made from electrically non-conducting fabric; 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 separate parts of the outer blanket are hand-sewn together once they have been installed.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-Jan-2022 03:15 UT

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