Current status of the BepiColombo/MMO spacecraft design

Hiroshi Yamakawa, Hiroyuki Ogawa, Yasumasa Kasaba, Hajime Hayakawa, Toshifumi Mukai, Masaki Adachi

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This paper shows the current baseline of the conceptual design of the BepiColombo/MMO (mercury magnetospheric orbiter) spacecraft, which is conducted by the ISAS Mercury Exploration Working Group. The MMO is a spinning spacecraft of 200 kg mass whose spin axis is nearly perpendicular to the Mercury orbital plane. The current status of the overall MMO system and subsystems such as thermal control, communication, power, etc. are described. The latest status of the development of critical technologies for the MMO and the outline of the international cooperation between ESA and ISAS are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2133-2141
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • BepiColombo mission
  • MMO spacecraft
  • Mercury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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