BepiColombo’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter

What applications and missions does Power and Energy Conversion enable?

All missions need power, but the Division's R&D is particularly supportive of missions aiming to go further than Earth orbit, developing temperature-resistant solar cells for Bepi-Colombo and Solar Orbiter and LILT solar cells for deep space missions such as comet rendezvous probe Rosetta.

Improved efficiency solar cells and power systems also supports a new generation of sophisticated but power-intensive telecommunications satellites such as ESA's Alphabus family currently under development.

Last update: 18 November 2009

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