Thermal analysis of element MPOI of Mertis instrument for Bepi-Colombo mission

Project name: Thermal analysis of element MPOI of Mertis instrument for Bepi-Colombo mission

Participants in the project: T. Kuciński, K. Seweryn, M. Rataj

Cooperation: European Space Agency

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The Laboratory has been involved in the BepiColombo project – a joint mission of ESA and JAXA to the planet Mercury, due to launch in 2014. The mission as currently envisioned involves three components: the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) built by ESA, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) built by ESA and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) built by JAXA. MPO will study the surface and internal composition of our solar system's innermost planet, and MMO will study Mercury's unusually powerful magnetosphere, the region of space around the planet that is dominated by its magnetic field. The twin orbiters will also search for more signs of possible water ice in some of Mercury's permanently-shadowed craters. In the frame of the JAXA’s part of the project, the staff of the Laboratory was responsible for the mechanical design and development of ENA (Energetic Neutrals Analyzer). The group was also responsible for conducting thermal analysis of MPOI (MERTIS POInting Unit ), for the MERTIS (Mercury Thermal Infrared Spectrometer) instrument, which will be a part of ESA’s MPO. The goal is to obtain the data on the distribution of temperature, thermal strain, and the transfer value.

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