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Laser altimeter for BepiColombo Mercury mission ready for take-off

Dual spacecraft mission to Mercury due to launch in April 2018
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Four steps nearer Mercury

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Bern-made laser altimeter taking off to Mercury

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University of Bern's Laser Altimeter BELA has been successfully tested during the last weeks and the last components will be delivered to ESA on 5 October. The first laser altimeter for inter-planetary flight to be built in Europe i...

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