Join us on Thursday 15th October  for Uplink 25: a BepiColombo first Venus flyby special. We’re delighted to be joined by ESA’s Johannes Benkhoff, BepiColombo’s Project Scientist and ESA’s Elsa Montagnon,  BepiColombo Spacecraft Operations Manager. We’ll be live from 8pm (BST) / 9pm (CEST) here (don’t forget to subscribe).



Launched in 2018, BepiColombo is a joint ESA/JAXA mission to study Mercury, the closest planet to our Sun. On Thursday morning, it will fly by Venus (its closest approach at approx 5am BST) for its first gravity assist en route to Mercury.





Johannes Benkhoff

Johannes Benkhoff has worked as a Senior Research Scientist at ESA for 12 years. He previously worked as a Research Scientist at DLR (German Aerospace Center) on the physical and chemical evolution of comets on Rosetta as well as Mars and Mercury projects. He also co-ordinated the proposal of a thermal IR Spectrometer MERTIS for ESA’s Mercury mission BepiColombo.








Elsa Montagnon

Elsa Montagnon has worked at ESA since 1999. Since 2007, she has been the BepiColombo Spacecraft Operations Manager. As the leader of the Flight Control Team, Elsa is responsible for the operational implementation of the BepiColombo mission, for making the BepiColombo mission products available to the mission stakeholders and for the health and safety of the BepiColombo space segment.


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