Bepi Colombo mated - B-Roll

Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2018 GMT

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Type: ESA TV Exchange

Format: 16:9

Final assembly of the BepiColombo spacecraft has taken place at the European spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana, ahead of its planned 19 October 2018 launch.


BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japanese space agency, JAXA. Europe’s first mission to Mercury, it will explore the planet in unprecedented detail.


The mission consists of two scientific orbiters, a transfer module to propel them to Mercury, and a sunshield. Protected by hand-stitched ceramic thermal blankets, the entire spacecraft is six and a half metres high.


B-roll shows the delicate final assembly of the two orbiters to the transfer module in a clean room at Kourou, ready for the spacecraft to be integrated into its Ariane 5 launcher.


Timelapse footage shows testing of the solar arrays on the transfer module and final assembly.


More information at:

BepiColombo Stack Assembly B-Roll.docx

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