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★ [PPS04-07] BepiColombo Euro-Japan Joint mission to Mercury
Keywords:Mercury, Planetary Exploration, International Collaboration
The baseline mission consists of two spacecraft, i.e. the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). JAXA is responsible for the development and operation of MMO, while ESA is responsible for the development and operation of MPO as well as the launch, transport, and the insertion of two spacecraft into their dedicated orbits.
MMO is designed as a spin-stabilized spacecraft to be placed in a 400 km x 12000 km polar orbit. The spacecraft will accommodate instruments mostly dedicated to the study of the magnetic field, waves, and particles near Mercury. While MPO is designed as a 3-axis stabilized spacecraft to be placed in a 400km x 1500 km polar orbit. Both spacecraft will be in same orbital plane.
Critical Design Review(CDR) for MMO project is completed in November 2011 while ESA Spacecraft CDR is completed in Novemver 2013. MMO stand alone FM AIV is expected to be finished on early March this year. MMO FM will be transported to ESA/ESTEC on April. After some stand alone activity for MMO, JAXA will handover MMO to ESA to attend stack level (MCS) final AIV. BepiColombo is expected to be launched in summer 2016.
BepiColombo science working team (SWT) meeting, which discusses science related matters, is held once a year. In this paper, BepiColombo project as a test case of large collaboration between ESA and JAXA will be reported.