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Developing of MERTIS as an advanced process from the study up to the flight model
Author(s): G. Peter; J. Helbert; H. Hiesinger; Iris Weber; I. Walter; G. Arnold; T. Säuberlich
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Paper Abstract

ESA’s mission BepiColombo will be launched in 2016. MERTIS (Mercury Radiometer and Thermal imaging Spectrometer) is one of the key instruments. MERTIS is an imaging infrared spectrometer and radiometer using an uncooled detector technology with very small resources in terms of mass and power. The incentive of the MERTIS development is scientific requirements to study the surface composition and temperatures of Mercury under the extreme environmental condition at Mercury. Therefore, the state-of-the-art optical performance of MERTIS is unique. Components based on innovative technologies have been developed and qualified to realize the project. This approach required an advanced model philosophy and development process from the study up to the flight model completed in 2013. This paper describes the development process as well as challenges from the management and system engineering point of view up to a lessons learnt that lead to important conclusions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8867, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXI, 886707 (19 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024375
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G. Peter, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
J. Helbert, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
H. Hiesinger, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
Iris Weber, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
I. Walter, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
G. Arnold, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
T. Säuberlich, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8867:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXI
Marija Strojnik Scholl; Gonzalo Páez, Editor(s)

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