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Mercury Planetary Orbiter on top of Mercury Transfer Module

Mercury Planetary Orbiter on top of Mercury Transfer Module

Date: 23 May 2017
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Mercury Transfer Module
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA–C. Carreau, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Work being carried out on the BepiColombo flight model stack in ESA's test centre in May 2017.

Part of the 3.7m wide radiator panel on the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) fills the top half of the image. The three red oval shapes are protective covers for the three startrackers. Below, the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) is seen. Its two solar arrays are folded on either side, each with a red protective cover in place. All covers are removed before flight.

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Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Feb-2023 18:42 UT

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