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On the left: the BepiColombo spacecraft, the MORE - Mercury Orbiter Radioscience Experiment - logo and team. BepiColombo is an ESA mission dedicated to the exploratcion of Mercury. Launch: 2014.

Guest Lectures

*** Guest Lectures on Space Navigation:

J.B. Jones, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Navigation Team Chief, Cassini mission

*** Guest Lectures on Mission Operations (2010):

J.L. Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Chief Operations Manager, Cassini mission

*** Guest Lectures on Space Missions (2014):

R.T. Mitchell, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (ret.), Former Project Manager of the Galileo and Cassini missions

*** Guest Lectures on Space Missions (2016):

Space Systems Engineering Lectures - BepiColombo: the Challenge of a Mission to Mercury

Jan Van Casteren, ESA ESTEC, former Project Manager of the mission BepiColombo.

Room 15, May 3 and 4, 10:15-11:45 am, May 5, 10:15-11:00 am

BepiColombo is an international mission for the exploration of planet Mercury, using two orbiters equipped with scientific instruments. The energy required to bring a spacecraft to Mercury is very large, hence a novel mission design with electric propulsion together with planetary gravity assists is used. The combination of a harsh thermal environment close to the Sun and the tight launch mass constraint, drives the need for new technologies and makes the mission implementation a true system engineering challenge. The lectures touch upon some main system engineering subjects like mission design, specifications, system budgets, technology development and verification.

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