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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 70 - Mission Update

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Sunday, April 1, 2007

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26 Mar 2007 16:22 Report for Period 11 March to 17 March 2007 During the reporting period the mission operations have been conducted according to the plan. Science operations have been nominal.


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

MET (Day) Date DOY VPER# Main Activity
488 11/03/07 070 324 Routine Mission Operations
489 12/03/07 071 325 Routine Mission Operations
490 13/03/07 072 326 Routine Mission Operations
491 14/03/07 073 327 Routine Mission Operations
492 15/03/07 074 328 Routine Mission Operations
493 16/03/07 075 329 Routine Mission Operations
494 17/03/07 076 330 Routine Mission Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 076, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 195 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 652 seconds.

Payloads

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
Nothing to report.

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

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

Future Milestones

VIRTIS movie passes are scheduled for the second week of April (DOY 98-101). Planning of science operations during this event is now finished. A proficiency pass is scheduled on DOY 078 with DSS-63 (Madrid 70-m DSN antenna) to test system readiness for this activity.

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

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