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Final tests on the European satellite Bepi Colombo
Rome, Italy - In preparation for 2018 mission to explore Mercury
The European spacecraft BepiColombo is currently undergoing final testing in launch configuration, prior to being shipped to the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana next March for a scheduled October 2018 launch. It is built by Airbus Defence and Space as prime-contractor, with Thales Alenia Space-Tas (the 67/33 joint-venture between Thales and Leonardo) as major subcontractor, in charge of assembly...
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency