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BepiColombo Launch & Cruise Phase
nogal
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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