To Infinity and Beyond…!

To Infinity and Beyond…!

When astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins came back to earth from the Apollo 11 mission they first had to go through Customs declaring cargo including moon rock and moon dust.

Almost 50 years later a new exciting mission just launched and Copex (a subsidiary of The Rhenus Group) have had their part to play.

Last Saturday, 20th October 2018 BepiColombo launched its first mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our solar system. When it arrives at Mercury in 2025 it will endure temperatures beyond 350°C and gather data during its one-year nominal mission, with a possible one-year extension. “BepiColombo” is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, executed under ESA leadership.

A number of companies were involved in this huge project, moving spacecraft and ground equipment. The role of the project and forwarding company was held by an Italian company who appointed Copex ( as the logistics coordinator in the Netherlands (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol) and responsible for all handling activities, ocean freight and customs declarations. Copex shipped goods to French Guiana back in May ahead of intensive pre-launch preparations.  Copex are now returning the goods (40 x 20’ containers, 8 x 40’ containers and 4 x 20’ flat rack containers) back to The Netherlands.

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