27 July 2012
BepiColombo STM Test Campaign
Picture: Vibration Test of the BepiColombo MCS STM on the QUAD Shaker
 
The BepiColombo STM Test Campaign is now in the phase of mechanical testing of the Mercury Composite Spacecraft, MCS (consisting of four spacecraft modules). BepiColombo is the ESA mission to Mercury, the test campaign is conducted by Thales Alenia Space Italy under Astrium GmbH prime.

Currently the MCS is undergoing lateral vibration testing on the 320kN multishaker sliptable, longitudinal vibration testing on the 640kN QUAD shaker has been finished.

After vibration testing the MCS will undergo acoustic noise testing in the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) and shock separation testing.
 

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