A significant milestone in the development of the BepiColombo mission! This note was sent this morning by Elsa Montagnon, the Spacecraft Operations Manager for BepiColombo at ESOC – Ed.
We have AOS [acquisition of signal]!! Yesterday afternoon, telemetry signals from the BepiColombo flight model spacecraft were received at ESOC, the mission control centre, for the first time. The data were transmitted as a test during the installation of the NDIU (a box that simulates a ground station) in ESTEC, near where the flight model is located.
As you can imagine, the Flight Control Team at ESOC are delighted about achieving this very concrete operational milestone, the first of many on our way to Mercury!