Thermal Design of the Mercury Transfer Module 2009-01-2349
This paper will describe the Thermal Control Subsystem of the Mercury Transfer Module of the BepiColombo mission. BepiColombo is an Interdisciplinary Cornerstone Mission to the planet Mercury, in collaboration between ESA and ISAS/JAXA of Japan, due for launch in 2014. The mission will be undertaken by a stack of three distinct spacecraft modules, including two scientific orbiters, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). The third entity, the subject of this paper, is the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM).