BepiColombo ESA Satellite

BepiColombo will provide the best understanding of Mercury to date. It consists of two individual orbiters the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) to map the planet, and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) to investigate its magnetosphere.

Mission Information

Mission Details

NameBepiColombo
TypeSatellite
Launch DateOctober 20, 2018
Launch SiteGuiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana

Satellite Details

Scientific InstrumentBepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA), Mercury Radiometer and Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (MERTIS), Mercury Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (MGNS), Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS), Probing of Hermean Exosphere by Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (PHEBU
Mass4100 Kg
ManufacturerAirbus Defence and Space

Orbit Information

OrbitTransfer orbit to reach Mercury
Orbital AltitudeVaries during mission phases
Orbital InclinationVaries during mission phases

Space Organization Details

OrganizationESA
ContinentEurope
CountryFrance