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BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft on the Multishaker

BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft on the Multishaker


Date: 31 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 on the Multishaker in the Test Centre at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, prior to a low-level sinusoidal vibration test run along the X-axis.

On the near face 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. The Mercury Planetary Orbiter, in the centre of the stack, is also fitted with a mass dummy of its solar array; the edge of this is just visible at the extreme right of the spacecraft.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Feb-2023 20:44 UT

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