BepiColombo’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter

What applications and missions does Power Systems 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 Low Intensity Low Temperature solar cells for deep space missions such as comet rendezvous probe Rosetta or Jupiter moons orbiter JUICE. 

Improved efficiency solar cells and higher energy density batteries also supports a new generation of sophisticated and power-intensive telecommunications satellites such as ESA's Alphabus family or the NEOSAT programme currently under development. 

Last update: 28 April 2015

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