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BepiColombo Launch & Cruise Phase
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post Dec 18 2018, 08:09 PM
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ESA announced 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
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post Dec 19 2018, 06:29 AM
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Great news. And a cool selfie.
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post Apr 5 2019, 02:12 PM
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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_Sc...its_long_cruise

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post Apr 6 2019, 01:46 AM
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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_Sc...its_long_cruise

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They mentioned some ongoing issues, but did not say what they were.
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post May 28 2019, 04:56 AM
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First Light of PHEBUS on BepiColombo MPO.
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post Jun 18 2019, 02:59 PM
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On June 17 BepiColombo used its on-board monitoring cameras to take some selfies.Here is the ESA release link
The release includes a link to a cool tool: BepiColombo Attitude Viewer I find it requires a screen larger than that of a mobile phone.
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post Nov 8 2019, 06:23 PM
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An interesting ESA article with some details about Bepi Colombo's thermal environment and challenges:
"How we heat-proofed ESA's Mercury mission"

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post Mar 10 2020, 02:15 PM
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There is apparently a public dashboard of the BepiColombo Quick-Look Analysis (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.
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post Mar 30 2020, 07:15 PM
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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/Spa...onavirus_crisis

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post Apr 9 2020, 07:55 PM
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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!
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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.
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post Apr 10 2020, 06:26 PM
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Esa has released a short image sequence taken by the camera on the Japanese module.
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"BepiColombo's last close-up of Earth during flyby" http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2...th_during_flyby
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post Apr 11 2020, 01:08 AM
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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.

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post Apr 11 2020, 06:45 PM
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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/...56196052386495/
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post Apr 17 2020, 11:13 PM
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BepiColopmbo: The Earth Flyby collection, by ESA:
http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2...Colombo_s_flyby
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