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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 61 Routine Mission Operations

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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16 Jan 2007 08:57

Report for Period 7 January to 13 January 2007

During the reporting period the mission operations have been conducted according to the plan. Science operations have been nominal and not affected by some problems observed with the Cebreros ground station. Radio science activities with the New Norcia ground station have been conducted as planned.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities in the reporting period:

MET (Day) Date DOY VPER# Main Activity
425 07/01/07 007 261 Routine Mission Operations
426 08/01/07 008 262 Routine Mission Operations
427 09/01/07 009 263 Routine Mission Operations
428 10/01/07 010 264 Routine Mission Operations
429 11/01/07 011 265 Routine Mission Operations
430 12/01/07 012 266 Routine Mission Operations
431 13/01/07 013 267 Routine Mission Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 013, 17:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 237 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 791 seconds.


Payloads Activities

ASPERA
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

MAG
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

PFS
This instrument is OFF and is not operated.

SPICAV
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

VeRA
The USO has been unmuted on DOY 012 to conduct the planned Earth occultation observations.
The observation initially planned for DOY 009 was cancelled due to unavailability of the New Norcia station because of maintenance requirements.

VIRTIS
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

VMC
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.


Mission Planning

Short Term Planning
Operations of STP036 were executed successfully and the planning of STP037 was completed in time.


Future Milestones

The definition of operations during quadrature is on-going; the next quadrature phase will start in May 2007.

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