The BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA): a post-launch summary

DOI: 
10.1007/s12567-019-00270-y
Publication date: 
03/09/2019
Main author: 
Thomas N.
IAA authors: 
Lara, L.M.
Authors: 
Thomas N., Hussmann H., Lara L.M.
Journal: 
CEAS Space Journal
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Pages: 
371-380
Abstract: 
We provide a brief description of the BepiColombo Laser Altimeter experiment for the joint ESA-JAXA mission to Mercury, BepiColombo. The text describes the main elements of the instrument and discusses several of the problems encountered during the instrument development. The actions taken to mitigate the issues are also described and the resulting performance of the instrument as determined by combining ground test data with models of Mercury and the spacecraft orbit is presented. The instrument has met the requirements set in 2005 and should provide a solid data set for the global study of the topography and internal structure of Mercury. © 2019, CEAS.
Database: 
SCOPUS
ADS
URL: 
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85070977475&doi=10.1007%2fs12567-019-00270-y&partnerID=40&md5=a10f4d57392f97f6fa18d148e788ba34
ADS Bibcode: 
2019CEAS...11..371T
Keywords: 
BELA; BepiColombo; Laser altimeter