Volume 10, 2018Progress in Flight Dynamics, Guidance, Navigation, and Control – Volume 10
|Page(s)||265 - 284|
|Published online||08 June 2018|
AOCS operations preparation for the BepiColombo mission to mercury
ESA/ESOC 5 Robert-Bosch Str., Darmstadt 64293, Germany
2 Terma GmbH 5 Robert-Bosch Str., Darmstadt 64293, Germany
The 2018 ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury features a complex modular design, with two scientific Mercury orbiters and a cruise module. The spacecraft (S/C) and mission design lead to a number of challenges for the attitude and orbit control system (AOCS), including electric propulsion usage during cruise to Mercury, AOCS capability to deal with several S/C configurations, and strict attitude constraints owing to the harsh thermal environment. This paper presents the activities for AOCS operations preparation by ESA/ESOC, covering the current preparation status as well as an outlook on upcoming activities before launch.
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