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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 71 - Venus Express Status

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Monday, May 7, 2007

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26 Mar 2007 09:13 Report for Period 17 March to 24 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
495 18/03/07 077 331 Routine Mission Operations
496 19/03/07 078 332 Routine Mission Operations
497 20/03/07 079 333 Routine Mission Operations
498 21/03/07 080 334 Routine Mission Operations
499 22/03/07 081 335 Routine Mission Operations
500 23/03/07 082 336 Routine Mission Operations
501 24/03/07 083 337 Routine Mission Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 083, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 189 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 632 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

  • SPICAV shutter live test planned for next week.
  • The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.
  • VeRa
    Next observations in May.

    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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