The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA): a post-launch summary

Thomas, Nicolas; Hussmann, Hauke; Lara, Luisa M. (2019). The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA): a post-launch summary. CEAS space journal, 11(4), pp. 371-380. Springer 10.1007/s12567-019-00270-y

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We provide a brief description of the BepiColombo Laser Altimeter experiment for the joint ESA-JAXA mission to Mercury, BepiColombo. The text describes the main elements of the instrument and discusses several of the problems encountered during the instrument development. The actions taken to mitigate the issues are also described and the resulting performance of the instrument as determined by combining ground test data with models of Mercury and the spacecraft orbit is presented. The instrument has met the requirements set in 2005 and should provide a solid data set for the global study of the topography and internal structure of Mercury.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > NCCR PlanetS

UniBE Contributor:

Thomas, Nicolas

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy
600 Technology > 620 Engineering

ISSN:

1868-2502

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dora Ursula Zimmerer

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2020 15:44

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2020 07:56

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s12567-019-00270-y

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.139343

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/139343

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