Launch of Bepi Colombo

LPC2E is involved in the mission BepiColombo which has been launched from Kourou in October 2018 and will arrive at Mercury end of 2025.
Artist’s impression of BepiColombo-MMO at Mercury. Credit ESA and NASA.

BepiColombo is composed of two space probes: MPO (Mercury Planetary Orbiter, ESA) for Mercury observations and MMO (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter, JAXA) for the study of the magnetized environment. The scientific payload of MMO includes the AM2P instrument developped at LPC2E to measure the plasma density and the electron temperature in Mercury’s magnetospheric plasmas. More news to follow.