ESA Science & Technology - Journal Archive
The flight model of the BepiColombo Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter has arrived at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in The Netherlands. Later this year, it will join the Mercury Planetary Orbiter, the Mercury Transfer Module, and the Magnetospheric Orbiter Sunshield and Interface Structure in the spacecraft stack.
Published: 27 May 2015
Integration and functional testing activities for the protoflight models of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter, Mercury Transfer Module, and Magnetospheric Orbiter Sunshield and Interface Structure have now been completed at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Turin, Italy.
Published: 21 July 2014
The BepiColombo MPO has been baked out in the Phenix thermal vacuum facility at ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
Published: 5 February 2013
The BepiColombo MPO Mechanical and Propulsion Bus Proto-Flight Model has arrived at ESTEC for its bake-out operation.
Published: 18 January 2013
The mass properties of the BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module Structural and Thermal Model have been measured at the ESTEC test facilities.
Published: 17 December 2012
The BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft Structural and Thermal Model has undergone testing to demonstrate the spacecraft can withstand the shocks induced at two key events during the launch phase.
Published: 27 August 2012
The BepiColombo Structural and Thermal Model test campaign has passed another milestone with the completion of sine vibration testing at qualification level along all three spacecraft axes.
Published: 17 August 2012
The mass properties of the BepiColombo Mercury Composite Spacecraft have been measured. This is the first time that the spacecraft structural and thermal model has been fully integrated.
Published: 10 July 2012
The mass properties of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter have been measured using specialist equipment in ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).
Published: 20 June 2012
The Structural and Thermal Models of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Mercury Transfer Module were mated for the first time on 11 April 2012. The mating was performed to accurately position the inter-module hardware on the transfer module.
Published: 27 April 2012
The Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter SM arrived at ESTEC last month, having been flown from Japan. In the coming weeks, the four components of the Mercury Composite Spacecraft will be prepared for the next test campaign.
Published: 7 December 2011
Thermal-balance testing of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Structural and Thermal Model, which has been under way in ESA's Large Space Simulator since 20 September, has been successfully completed.
Published: 12 October 2011
The installation of high-temperature thermal blankets on the Structural and Thermal Model of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter has been completed.
Published: 5 September 2011
This is the first entry in the BepiColombo Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during the integration and testing of the Structural and Thermal Models (STM) and the Proto-Flight Models (PFM) of the four major components that make up the BepiColombo composite spacecraft stack.
Published: 5 August 2011
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