BepiColombo - Exploring Mercury

Europe's first mission to Mercury

Welcome to ESA's website for the BepiColombo scientific community and the BepiColombo Science Ground Segment. The target audience for this site is scientists and engineers involved in the BepiColombo mission. ESA pages for the general public interested in the BepiColombo mission can be found here .

Bepicolombo thermal, mechanical, acoustics & vibration test campaign ends 

"Bepi kids" were happy that all the tests have been finished and BepiColombo is being prepared for shipment to Korou.

The overall BepiColombo test campaign of thermal, mechanical, acoustics and vibration testing has been come to an end. The latest test, the thermal vacuum test of the transfer module could be concluded successfully on 4 December 2017. The shipment is foreseen beginning of April. The launch window for BepiColombo opens on 5 October 2018 until end November 2018.The science operations will start in April 2026.


Launch: 5 October 2018

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