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BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft on the QUAD shaker

BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft on the QUAD shaker


Date: 18 July 2012
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Mercury Composite Spacecraft
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA

The BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft (MCS) on the QUAD shaker in the Test Centre at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The spacecraft stack is being prepared for sinusoidal vibration testing along its Z-axis, which is vertical in both the launch and test configurations.

On the right-hand side of the Mercury Transfer Module, which is at the bottom of the stack and just above the cone-shaped Vibration Test Adapter (VTA), is a mass dummy representing one of the two solar array panels in its stowed configuration.
 

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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