September 13, 2018

MPO Instruments

To study Mercury's surface, inside, exosphere, and magnetosphere, the MPO orbiter payload is constituted of:

  • a set of imagers (SIMBIO-SYS) comprising a high resolution camera, a stereoscopic camera and a visible, and near infrared spectrometer (VIHI);
  • a thermal infrared spectrometer and a radiometer (MERTIS);
  • a laser altimeter (BELA);
  • a UV spectrometer (PHEBUS);
  • two X-ray spectrometers and a solar particle detector (MIXS et SIXS);
  • a neutron and gamma ray spectrometer (MGNS);
  • a magnetometer (MERMAG);
  • a neutral and ionized particle analyzer (SERENA);
  • a radio science experiment and an accelerometer (MORE and ISA).

The allocations of this payload are a mass limited to 60 Kg and a power of 100W.