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Posted by: nprev Oct 17 2018, 03:23 PM

The adventure is about to begin! We'll discuss it here. http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/BepiColombo/Watch_BepiColombo_launch?fbclid=IwAR2w1-rMVdVrMJ1Y_VH4PHsYvPizuxSbsbdrCWHh0XvsPu1Y7apPzpM7l3w, launch currently slated for 20 Oct/0145 UTC.

GO BEPICOLOMBO!!!

Posted by: nprev Oct 20 2018, 12:45 AM

30 min until ESA feed goes live.

Posted by: Bjorn Jonsson Oct 20 2018, 12:53 AM

A very interesting followup to the Messenger mission. It's past midnight where I live but I'm finding it impossible to go to sleep until I've seen the launch...

Posted by: nprev Oct 20 2018, 01:16 AM

Should be a fascinating mission.

T- 30 min now, feed is live! smile.gif

Posted by: nprev Oct 20 2018, 01:47 AM

GO!!!!!!!

Posted by: Bjorn Jonsson Oct 20 2018, 01:52 AM

WOW!!!
So far so good.

Posted by: nprev Oct 20 2018, 02:13 AM

Spacecraft separation. smile.gif

Thread title edited to reflect the fact that they're on their way.

Posted by: Bjorn Jonsson Oct 20 2018, 02:27 AM

It's alive!! Signal acquisition!

Posted by: MahFL Oct 20 2018, 02:50 AM

QUOTE (Bjorn Jonsson @ Oct 20 2018, 03:27 AM) *
It's alive!! Signal acquisition!


Awesome, missed the launch as I had to deal with a work problem.

Posted by: Explorer1 Oct 20 2018, 03:00 AM

Solar arrays deployed!
And a day later, first images from the engineering cameras! http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/10/BepiColombo_s_first_image_from_space

Posted by: nprev Oct 21 2018, 07:52 PM

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/10/BepiColombo_images_high-gain_antenna?fbclid=IwAR3r3WkpG6WhI5CcOkj2K0Rxnr76WYIbUfuOMLFEx14Xpj5bAQJAn2moXmA images.

Think we're likely to see some extraordinarily cool selfies at Mercury (and perhaps during the Earth and Venus flybys as well.) smile.gif

Posted by: Roby72 Oct 21 2018, 09:21 PM

Only the engineering cameras will be active during the flybys...when the enter orbit around Mercury in 2025 - this will be the beginning of science with the optical instruments.
Does anyone know the specs of the camera/lenses used with the science cameras?

Posted by: charborob Oct 22 2018, 12:01 AM

QUOTE (Roby72 @ Oct 21 2018, 05:21 PM) *
Only the engineering cameras will be active during the flybys...when the enter orbit around Mercury in 2025 - this will be the beginning of science with the optical instruments.
Does anyone know the specs of the camera/lenses used with the science cameras?

Some information https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/bepicolombo/simbio-sys.

Posted by: nogal Oct 26 2018, 12:18 PM

BepiColombo continues to fare well. The magnetometer boom deployed correctly, as seen in this http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/10/BepiColombo_magnetometer_boom_deployed_-_gif_sequence, and first measurements of the local magnetic field have been made.
Fernando

Posted by: nogal Dec 5 2018, 03:13 PM

The testing of BepiColombo's four electric propulsion thrusters went well, as reported by ESA http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Operations/BepiColombo_now_firing_on_all_cylinders.
This was a critical procedure that had to be executed during a window when the spacecraft was continuously in full view of the ground antennas.
The first thrust arc will begin in mid-December.
The above mentioned article also contains a short movie of BepiColombo's seven year journey to Mercury, highlighting all the gravity assist planetary encounters.

Posted by: nogal Dec 18 2018, 08:09 PM

ESA http://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Operations/BepiColombo_s_first_routine_firing_in_space that BepiColombo has initiated its first thrust arc, which will last 2 months.
The ion thrusters' maximum planed thrust for the entire journey is 250 mN, equivalent to the pull of 250 ants (!) blink.gif
Fernando

Posted by: monty python Dec 19 2018, 06:29 AM

Great news. And a cool selfie.

Posted by: nogal Apr 5 2019, 02:12 PM

BepiColombo continues to work well. Here is an excerpt from the latest ESA release:

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Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.

And the release: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/BepiColombo/BepiColombo_is_ready_for_its_long_cruise

Fernando

Posted by: MahFL Apr 6 2019, 01:46 AM

QUOTE (nogal @ Apr 5 2019, 02:12 PM) *
BepiColombo continues to work well. Here is an excerpt from the latest ESA release:

And the release: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/BepiColombo/BepiColombo_is_ready_for_its_long_cruise

Fernando


They mentioned some ongoing issues, but did not say what they were.

Posted by: bobik May 28 2019, 04:56 AM

http://phebus.projet.latmos.ipsl.fr/en/actualite/necp-phase-3-en-direct/ of PHEBUS on BepiColombo MPO.

Posted by: nogal Jun 18 2019, 02:59 PM

On June 17 BepiColombo used its on-board monitoring cameras to take some selfies.Here is the ESA release http://m.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2019/06/Monitoring_camera_checkout
The release includes a link to a cool tool: https://bepicolombo.esac.esa.int/itl-viewer/bcattitude/ I find it requires a screen larger than that of a mobile phone.
Fernando

Posted by: nogal Nov 8 2019, 06:23 PM

An interesting ESA article with some details about Bepi Colombo's thermal environment and challenges:
http://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Engineering_Technology/How_we_heat-proofed_ESA_s_Mercury_mission

Fernando

Posted by: bobik Mar 10 2020, 02:15 PM

There is apparently a http://bepicolombo.esac.esa.int/bscs-qla/home of the https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC-DPS2019/EPSC-DPS2019-921-1.pdf (QLA) web interface showing, among others, ground stations pass information. If they would complement it with more functionality and at least some generic spacecraft and instrument data, e.g. power consumption, temperature readings, telemetry events, data volumes, etc., this could become a quite innovative outreach tool and fascinating way to follow the BepiColombo expedition.

Posted by: nogal Mar 30 2020, 07:15 PM

Despite the restrictions due to the current coronavirus crisis, ESA is preparing for the April 10's BepiColombo Earth flyby.
Celestial mechanics is, of course, immune to the virus tongue.gif and we are already within the critical two weeks before the flyby.
Here is an ESA article on this subject: http://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/BepiColombo/ESA_to_conduct_BepiColombo_flyby_amid_coronavirus_crisis

Fernando

Posted by: Explorer1 Apr 9 2020, 07:55 PM

Some very impressive images came down showing Earth's rotation as it approaches, as seen on social media. The MTM external cameras were a good idea!

Posted by: MahFL Apr 10 2020, 08:20 AM

QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Apr 9 2020, 07:55 PM) *
Some very impressive images came down showing Earth's rotation as it approaches, as seen on social media. The MTM external cameras were a good idea!


I watched the ESA flyby simulation live.

Posted by: nogal Apr 10 2020, 06:26 PM

Esa has released a short image sequence taken by the camera on the Japanese module.
Fernando

"BepiColombo's last close-up of Earth during flyby" http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/04/BepiColombo_s_last_close-up_of_Earth_during_flyby

Posted by: antipode Apr 11 2020, 01:08 AM

Wow! Love this sort of 'through the rigging' stuff.

Resolution is unimportant, its the perspective that is special.

Its like a better version of Rosetta's Mars flyby.

P

Posted by: Lucas Apr 11 2020, 06:45 PM

Here is a video from the Kryoneri Observatory in Greece, showing BepiColombo during the flyby. Wow!

You donít need a Facebook account to see it: https://www.facebook.com/athensobservatory/videos/156196052386495/

Posted by: nogal Apr 17 2020, 11:13 PM


BepiColopmbo: The Earth Flyby collection, by ESA:
http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2020/04/Views_of_Earth_from_BepiColombo_s_flyby
Fernando



Posted by: palebutdot Apr 18 2020, 08:05 AM

Here's another view of Earth and Moon from BepiColombo earlier during the mission (cam_raw_sc_cam3_image_20200304t233732_13_f__t0080 to cam_raw_sc_cam3_image_20200305t233453_28_f__t0100)

https://archives.esac.esa.int/psa/

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