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BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft being installed on the WM50/6 test system

BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft being installed on the WM50/6 test system


Date: 07 June 2012
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Mercury Composite Spacecraft
Location: Hydra cleanroom, European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA/Anneke Le Floc'h

BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft (MCS) being installed on the WM50/6 test system, which was used to measure the position of the composite spacecraft CoG along the lateral (horizontal, in this configuration) axes.

The order of the components above the test system is: Physical Properties Adapter (PPA) – a circular plate that connects the Lower Handling Adapter (LHA) to the mechanical interface of the WM50/6, the LHA (white conical structure), the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO), the interface adapter component of the Magnetospheric Orbiter Sunshield and Interface Structure (MOSIF) (hidden from view), and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO).

The MCS had to be craned into position without the MOSIF sunshield attached, to allow access to the lifting points on the MPO; the MMO is only designed to be lifted alone, not as a structural element of the MCS stack.
 

Last Update: 1 September 2019
1-Jul-2022 22:17 UT

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