Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2018 GMT
Type: ESA TV Exchange
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: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/BepiColombo
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