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Reflective baffle for Bepicolombo mission
Author(s): E. Rugi-Grond; T. Weigel; A. Herren; M. Domínguez Calvo

Paper Abstract

The BepiColombo Spacecraft can’t tolerate to absorb a major fraction of the off-axis sunlight through larger payload apertures. Fortunately, there are solutions to design baffles such that they reflect the incoming radiation back through the front aperture rather than absorbing it. A Design Study, sponsored by ESA and performed by Contraves Space together with SAGEM Défense Securité, has analysed the potential of various solutions and assessed the options to manufacture them. The selected configuration has been analysed in detail for the optical, mechanical and thermal performance as well as the impact on mass and power dissipation. The size of the baffle was adapted to the needs of the BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) payload.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10567, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006, 105674A (28 August 2019);
Show Author Affiliations
E. Rugi-Grond, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
T. Weigel, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
A. Herren, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
M. Domínguez Calvo, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10567:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006
Errico Armandillo; Josiane Costeraste; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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