Towards the sun: On the way to Mercury
The BEPICOLOMBO mission: The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japanese Space Agency ISAS/JAXA want to explore Mercury – with a drive module and two separate space probes that will orbit around the planet.
The qualification of the static component testing of the MTM drive module was recently completed; comprehensive HBM measurement technology was used.
The program for the BEPICOLOMBO mission was developed by EADS Astrium GmbH, in order to meet the requirements set by ESA. The main probe Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the drive module Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) are being built by the ESA. Japan is contributing the sister probe Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO).