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How does it compare / relate to MESSENGER ?82.120.124.201 6 July 2005 03:58 (UTC)

Without the lander, the science outcome will not so much different.--Stone (talk) 20:33, 4 June 2008 (UTC)


Also, comment about this in the intro: 'The mission is still in the planning stages' - this isn't true; my mother is a part of the team and the satellite is in the process of being built. Is this page just outdated? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 78.146.16.29 (talk) 22:25, 20 November 2011 (UTC)

Will the Craft be pointing the opposite direction to Travel?[edit]

I read this sentence... This drive will be especially tested by the unusual need to actually push against the direction of travel, instead of with it; the ship will be falling toward the sun, accelerated by its gravity, and will have to constantly fight to keep its velocity slow enough to eventually enter Mercury's orbit.... does this mean that the Ion Thruster Engine will actually be facing the Sun? (i.e. the Spacecraft being "the wrong way round"?) --Hibernian 17:26, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Yes, though the drive will not necessarily facing the sun directly, it will be facing into its intended direction of travel. --Kaz 20:23, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
A few lines above that it says "it will keep propelling the craft for years, building up far more speed per mass of fuel in the long run" which probably should be rephrased somehow. Rod57 (talk) 13:34, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Just a question about the splitting after lunar trajectory[edit]

After reading of the splitting after lunar trajectory, i wondered myself a theoretical question. This might not be how this craft will be build but i just wonder how this works out in space.

Well here goes my question, if the chemical backpart-engine part would contain a gyroscope (or as a part would itself spin fast). And next we would split the machine in two by a simple spring. Then would a gyroscope effect add extra mass /contra inertia ? Resulting in that speed (arrow length) of both parts would be like this frontpart<-----v2--------- . --v1-->backpart Where V2 would be larger then v1, i just wonder of a gyroscopic effect could be handy for this. Its not directly related to this mission, but i'm curious to know. 82.217.115.160 (talk) 21:53, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

ministerial[edit]

The ministerial meeting in November 2008 is the critical cornerstone of the mission, due to budget problems the ministerial has to give money for the project. Three big ESA missions are on the list for the money ExoMars, Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo and the chance that all three get enough money is not foreseeable, because the decission of the ministers is not clear yet.--Stone (talk) 08:21, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Bepicolombo[edit]

There is also a page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bepicolombo; needs dismbiguation. 94.30.84.71 (talk) 13:02, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Done. Rod57 (talk) 13:51, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Propulsion[edit]

AOCS is an unexplained term. 94.30.84.71 (talk) 13:07, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Can we add images[edit]

Are there any images of the components and full stack that can be added to the article ? Rod57 (talk) 11:32, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Given that this is an ESA programme there are unlikely to be any free-use images. Any image uploaded would have to have a fair-use rational. ChiZeroOne (talk) 11:53, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Design of MSE lander[edit]

Can anyone add how far the design of the MSE got, and what technological problems remained ? Rod57 (talk) 02:21, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Obsolete cruise[edit]

The graphic of the cruise from Earth to Mercury seems to be obsolete. It shows the old plan for a start in 2014, with an Earth flyby after one year and only two Mercury flybies. That cruise would have taken about 4 years instead of 6. I'm not sure why the video on the homepage http://smsc.cnes.fr/BEPICOLOMBO/GP_mission.htm shows that old track, though, and I can't find any visualization of the planed track for start in 2017. Given that, I think that the graphic should be removed. Renerpho (talk) 08:35, 19 May 2015 (UTC)