BepiColombo Mission facts and figures

  • ESA/JAXA Mission
  • Launch: 20 October 2018
  • Arrival at Mercury: 2025
  • 2 spacecrafts: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO)
  • Polar orbit around Mercury
  • Goal of MPO: surface and internal composition study of Mercury
  • Goal of MMO: Mercury's magnetosphere study

SIMBIO-SYS Suite of Instruments


SIMBIO-SYS is an instrument of the BepiColombo Mission to Mercury.

It includes three optical channels driven by a common Main Electronics. The 3 channels form the Instrument Front End are identified as follows:

  • High Resolution Imaging Channel (HRIC)
  • Stereo imaging Channel (STC)
  • Visual and Infrared Hyper-spectral Imager (VIHI) channel.

SIMBIO-SYS is developped by a consortium involving Italy and France.

SIMBIO-SYS STC/HRIC Proximity Electronics

Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration has completed breadboard and EM developments phases of HRIC and STC Proximity Electronics of SIMBIO-SYS.

The Proximity Electronics (PE) main functions are the following:

  • Main Electronics (ME) commands reception and decoding
  • Visible Detector bias generation
  • Visible Detector clock generation (the PE generates the correct clocking sequence to read the Visible Detector image area, in accordance with the commands sent by the ME)
  • Visible Detector video signal digitisation (ADC) with pixel binning capability
  • Temperature and other housekeeping readout, conversion and transmission to ME
  • Visible Detector temperature control
  • Video data emission to ME

SIMBIO-SYS VIHI Proximity Electronics Firmware

Credit: LESIA

Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration is in charge of the developpement for LESIA of the firmware of the proximity electronics of the VIHI Instrument of the SIMBIO-SYS suite.