BepiColombo’s First Venus Flyby – Gravity Assist to Set the Spacecraft on Course for Mercury Orbit

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BepiColombo’s First Venus Flyby – Gravity Assist to Set the Spacecraft on Course for Mercury Orbit

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The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo objective is preparing to zip Venus. It will make a close method of the world on October 15, 2020, at 03: 58 GMT (05: 58 CEST) at a range of around 10 720 km. Gravity help flybys are required to set the spacecraft on course for Mercury orbit.

BepiColombo released October 20, 2018, and made a flyby of Earth on April 10, 2020. It will make 2 flybys of Venus and 6 of Mercury prior to going into orbit around the Solar System’s inner world in 2025.


Animation imagining BepiColombo zipping Venus. The spacecraft will make 2 gravity help flybys of Venus to set it on course to Mercury: one on October 15, 2020, and the 2nd in August 2021. It made an Earth flyby on April 10, 2020, and will likewise zip Mercury 6 times prior to going into orbit in December 2025.

Even though the spacecraft will be rather far from Venus throughout the very first flyby, some science instruments onboard the Mercury Planetary Orbiter and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter will be triggered to study the world’s environment and area environment. It is not possible to utilize the Mercury Planetary Orbiter’s primary science video camera throughout the flyby, however the tracking video cameras, or “selfie-cams,” onboard the transfer module will attempt to record pictures of Venus as it speeds past.

JAXA’s Akatsuki Venus Climate Orbiter and its Earth-orbiting Hisaki Spectroscopic Planet Observatory, together with ground-based observatories on Earth, will likewise make synchronised measurements of the world, benefiting from this distinct chance for collaborated observations.

The joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo objective consists of the European Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Japan’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter. They are carried to the inner world by the Mercury Transfer Module. The 2 orbiters will have the ability to run a few of their instruments throughout the planetary flybys, paying for distinct science chances. The tracking video cameras onboard the transfer module will likewise record images throughout the journey to Mercury.