Source: ESA Space Engineering
BepiColombo, a joint ESA/JAXA mission to Mercury.
Image credit: ESA /JAXA BepiColombo.
For BepiColombo, ESA has had to extend the limits of existing design standards and develop altogether new design concepts as well. How to begin building a spacecraft that needs to endure sunlight 10 times more intense than in Earth orbit, with surfaces hotter than a kitchen hot plate – high enough, in fact, to melt lead?(read more)