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BepiColombo Payload
BepiColombo Payload
18 Nov 2004
(Source: European Space Agency)

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=36098

BepiColombo Planetary Orbiter Payload Selection
European Space Agency
18 Nov 2004

With the approval of the Solar System Working Group (SSWG), Solar System Advisory Committee (SSAC) and Science Programme Committee (SPC), the selected payload for the Mercury Planetary Orbiter now enters the final stages of the definition phase.

On 26 February 2004, ESA issued the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) payload request for proposals. On 15 May 2004 the proposals were received and evaluated by the international Payload Review Committee (PRC), assisted by the ESTEC teams and the industrial definition study contractors.

The PRC issued its final recommendation with a proposed payload selection and presented this to the SSWG on 12 - 13 October and to the SSAC on 19 - 20 October. Both the SSWG and SSAC have approved the proposed MPO payload selection.

The Science Programme Committee, during its meeting on 9 - 10 November 2004, unanimously approved the proposed payload complement and this selection will now be taken by the project team for the finalisation of the definition phase and for the implementation phase.

Selected MPO payload

Name Payload Responsible

BELA1 - Laser Altimeter
Co-PIs
N.Thomas
Physikalisches Institut University of Bern Switzerland
T. Spohn
DLR Inst. fur Planetenforschung
Berlin
Germany

ISA -Radio science ACC: accelerometer
PI
V. Iafolla
CNR-IFSI
Rome
Italy

MERMAG -Magnetometer
PI
A. Balogh
The Blackett Laboratory
Imperial College London UK
Deputy PI
C.M. Carr
The Blackett Laboratory
Imperial College London
UK

MERTIS-TIS IR spectrometer
PI
E.K. Jessberger
Institut fur Planetologie
University Munster
Germany

MGNS or MANGA2 - Gamma ray and neutron spectrometer
PI
I. Mitrofanov
Institute for Space Research
Moscow
Russia
PI
C. d'Uston
CESR
Toulouse
France
Co-PIs
N. Hasebe
Waseda University
Tokyo
Japan
G. Klingelhofer
Johannes-Gutenberg-Univers.
Mainz
Germany

MIXS - X-ray spectrometer
PI
S. Dunkin
Space Science & Technology Department
CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Lab.
Chilton
UK
Co-PI
K. Muinonen
Observatory Univ. of Helsinki
Finland

MORE - Radio science Ka-band transponder
PI
L. Iess
University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Italy

PHEBUS - UV spectrometer
PI
E. Chassefiere
SA/IPSL
Universite P&M Curie Paris
France
Co-PIs
S. Okano
Planetary Plasma & Atmospheric Research Center
Tohoku University
Sendai
Japan
O. Korablev
IKI
Moscow
Russia
SERENA - Neutral and ionised particle analyser
PI
S. Orsini
CNR-IFSI
Rome
Italy
Co-PIs
S. A. Livi
Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physical Lab.
Laurel
USA
S. Barabash
Swedish Inst.of Space Physics (IRF)
Kiruna
Sweden
K. Torkar
Space Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Graz
Austria
SIMBIO - SYS High resolution + stereo camerasVisual and NIR spectrometer
PI
E. Flamini
Italian Space Agency
Rome
Italy
Co-PIs
F. Capaccioni
INAF-IASF
Rome
Italy
L. Colangeli
INAF-Osserv.Astronomico di Capodimonte
Napoli
Italy
G. Cremonese
INAF-Osserv. Astronomico di Padova
Italy
A. Doressoundiram
LESIA-Obs. de Paris
Meudon
France
O. Forni
Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS)
Orsay
France
J. L. Josset
SPACE-X
Space Exploration
Neuchatel
Switzerland

SIXS - Solar monitor
PI
J. Huovelin
Observatory-Univ. of Helsinki
Finland
Co-PI
M. Grande
Space Science & Technol. Dept.
CCLR-Rutherford Appleton Lab.
Chilton
UK

Table Notes
1 - The feasibility of the laser altimeter has to be demonstrated before November 2005, after which BELA can then be confirmed as part of the payload.

2 - For the gamma-ray spectrometer there are two proposals (MGNS or MANGA). Both proposals present technical risks and the feasibility have to be demonstrated before November 2005. The MGNS, which has the lower impact on resources, is the preferred solution, and it will be confirmed as part of the payload if its feasibility is confirmed.

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