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Mercury Transfer Module thrusters detail

Mercury Transfer Module thrusters detail

Date: 13 June 2017
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Mercury Transfer Module thusters
Location: European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Copyright: ESA–C. Carreau, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Close-up of a set of thrusters on the BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) that will carry the two science orbiters – the Mercury Planetary Orbiter and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter – to the innermost planet.

This image focuses on the lower set of 10 N bipropellant thrusters situated on the side of the spacecraft that will usually point away from the Sun. They are part of the chemical propulsion system used for general attitude control.

The silver/white thermal blanket is covered with Nextel, known for its heat-resistive properties, meaning the thrusters can be exposed directly to the Sun. This will occur when the bottom of the craft tilts towards the Sun as a natural consequence of flight dynamics.

The MTM has 24 bipropellant thrusters in total (12 pairs, with one redundant in each set).

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO License. Creative Commons License

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-Jan-2023 14:26 UT

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