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SIMBIOSYS-STC Ready for Launch: a Technical Recap
BepiColombo is the first ambitious, multi-spacecraft mission of ESA/JAXA to Mercury. It will be launched in October 2018 from Kourou, French Guiana, starting a 7-year journey, which will bring its modules to the innermost planet of the solar system. The Stereo Camera (STC) is part of the SIMBIO-SYS instrument, the Italian suite for imaging in visible and near infrared which is mounted on the BepiColombo European module, i.e. the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO). STC represents the first push-frame stereo camera on board of an ESA satellite and its main objective is the global three-dimensional reconstruction of the Mercury surface. The harsh environment around Mercury and the new stereo acquisition concept adopted for STC pushed our team to conceive a new design for the camera and to carry out specific calibration activities to validate its photogrammetric performance. Two divergent optical channels converging the collected light onto a unique optical head, consisting in an off-axis telescope, will provide images of the surface with an on-ground resolution at periherm of 58 m and a vertical precision of 80 m. The observation strategies and operation procedures have been designed to optimize the data-volume and guarantee the global mapping considering the MPO orbit. Multiple calibrations have been performed on-ground and they will be repeated during the mission to improve the instrument performance: the dark side of the planet will be exploited for dark calibrations while stellar fields will be acquired to perform geometrical and radiometric calibrations.
Simioni Emanuele, Da Deppo Vania, Re Cristina, Capria Maria Teresa, Naletto Giampiero, Forlani Gianfranco, Tommasi Leonardo, Dami Michele, Borrelli Donato, Ficai Veltroni Iacopo, Massironi Matteo, Slemer Alessandra, Cremonese Gabriele
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ICSO 2018 - International Conference on Space Optics (09-12 October 2018, Chania, Greece)
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