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Sunshield integration

Sunshield integration

Date: 10 October 2018
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Spacecraft stack mounted on the Ariane launcher
Location: Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA - M. Pedoussaut

The sunshield unit is lowered over the BepiColombo spacecraft stack. It will protect JAXA's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter en route to Mercury.

BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between ESA and JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter sits at the top of the stack inside the sunshield, ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter is in the middle, and ESA's Mercury Transfer Module is at the bottom.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
26-Feb-2024 02:14 UT

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