MMO’s new name, MIO. JAXA selected MIO as new name for MMO/BepiColombo. Thank you all who responded to the MMO renaming project.
What is the BepiColombo Project?
BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA (the European Space Agency) and JAXA, led by ESA, to explore Mercury.
The mission consists of two planetary orbiters: JAXA's MMO (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter) and ESA's MPO (Mercury Planetary Orbiter).
Launch is scheduled for October 2018, making BepiColombo JAXA's longest ever mission after a development period of 15 years.
The two orbiters will arrive at Mercury in December 2025, after a seven year cruise with nine planetary flybys; the highest number ever undertaken for a planetary probe!
- Information sheet is available here (in preparation)
BepiColombo will be launched from French Guiana (Kourou) on an Ariane-5 launch vehicle
Call for your ideas
1Naming the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO)
It has long been the intention of the MMO project members to give MMO a "real" name and replace the original, somewhat dry and technical designation.
We are looking for the right name for the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), whose upcoming launch is in October 2018, that will give a relatable and familiar nickname so that everyone can follow our journey to Mercury.
The person who suggests the selected name will recieve a certificate and souvenir!Details
2Send your message to Mercury!
We are searching for people all over the world who are passionate about BepiColombo's journey to explore Mercury to provide messages, illustrations, audio, video and other media. A selection of these will be recorded and loaded onto the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) before it begins the journey towards our Solar System's innermost planet. We are looking for messages as glowing as the incandescent planet of Mercury!Details You can submit a name, message or an attached file. Submitting any one of these will put your name onboard the spacecraft.
1Naming of MMO
|Deadline||10:00 JST on 9th April, 2018|
satellites & spacecraft
■:Spacecraft in operation, including successor with the original name.
|Engineering Test Satellite||OhsumiTanseiKikuSakigakeJindaiOrizuruMyojoRyusei Orihime・Hikoboshi*TsubasaReimeiTsubame*|
|Geostationary Communications||SakuraYuriAyameKakehashi*KodamaKirariFujiKizuna* Michibiki*Kirameki|
|Earth Observation Satellite||UmeHimawariAjisaiMomoFuyoMidori*Daichi* Ibuki*Shizuku*Shikisai*|
|Satellite Observing Earth's Proximal||ShinseiDenpaKyokkoJikikenOhzoraAkebonoArase|
|Lunar and Planetary Observation||SuiseiHitenHagoromoNozomiHayabusaKaguya*Akatsuki Hisaki|
|Astronomy Satellite||TaiyoHakuchoHinotoriTenmaGingaYohkoh*AscaHalca SuzakuAkariHinodeHitomi|
|Participation qualifications||Anyone can participate.|
|Announcement date and method||JAXA will publish the results through a press release and on its website in April – May 2018.|
|Prizes for people who suggested the name||All those who suggested the selected nickname will receive a certificate and a souvenir after the announcement.|
|Selection method||The nickname for the orbiter will be decided by a selection committee after consideration of all suggestions received.|
|Handling of names received||Participants will not retain the rights of an author when submitting their suggested name.|
2Sending your message to Mercury
|Deadline||10:00 JST on 9th April, 2018|
|Loading method||The electronic data will be recorded onto a memory card and loaded onto the orbiter.The plan is to install the memory card at the location indicated by the red circle (below the thermal multilayer insultate) in the above photo. This location may change later.|
How to Apply
The call for application was closed. Thank you !
We appreciate very much for your support to the BepiColombo project.
Features of MMO
- The MMO will orbit Mercury and observe the nearby plasma, the magnetic field, the thin atmosphere, and dust.
- Features a heat resistant design that allows for observation even in the scorching heat of Mercury where surface temperatures can reach＋430℃ during the day.
- Designed as an eight sided prism with an exterior of panels to endure the intense sunlight.
- The MMO will make observations while spinning at a rate of one rotation every four seconds.
- This mission has the longest development time of any JAXA project, 21 years having passed since the mission was first considered and 15 years since the project was begun.