bepicolombo

Shake it, don’t break it

If ESA’s Mercury orbiter of the BepiColombo mission seems to stand at an unusual angle above its test chamber floor, that’s because it does – intentionally so. The orbiter underwent ‘electromagnetic compatibility, radiated emission and…


BepiColombo’s first journey

The BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) Mechanical and Propulsion Bus (MPB) Proto-Flight Model (PFM) arrived at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in December. It had travelled from the…