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BepiColombo Launch & Cruise Phase
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post Oct 17 2018, 03:23 PM
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The adventure is about to begin! We'll discuss it here. Link to ESA coverage, launch currently slated for 20 Oct/0145 UTC.

GO BEPICOLOMBO!!!


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post Oct 20 2018, 12:45 AM
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30 min until ESA feed goes live.


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post Oct 20 2018, 12:53 AM
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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...
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post Oct 20 2018, 01:16 AM
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Should be a fascinating mission.

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


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post Oct 20 2018, 01:47 AM
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GO!!!!!!!


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post Oct 20 2018, 01:52 AM
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WOW!!!
So far so good.
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post Oct 20 2018, 02:13 AM
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Spacecraft separation. smile.gif

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


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post Oct 20 2018, 02:27 AM
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It's alive!! Signal acquisition!
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post Oct 20 2018, 02:50 AM
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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.
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post Oct 20 2018, 03:00 AM
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Solar arrays deployed!
And a day later, first images from the engineering cameras! http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/20...mage_from_space
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post Oct 21 2018, 07:52 PM
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Antenna deployment 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


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post Oct 21 2018, 09:21 PM
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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?
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post Oct 22 2018, 12:01 AM
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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 here.
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post Oct 26 2018, 12:18 PM
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BepiColombo continues to fare well. The magnetometer boom deployed correctly, as seen in this animated gif, and first measurements of the local magnetic field have been made.
Fernando
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post Dec 5 2018, 03:13 PM
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The testing of BepiColombo's four electric propulsion thrusters went well, as reported by ESA here.
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.
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