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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 72 - Mission Latest

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

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02 Apr 2007 09:19 Report for Period 25 March to 31 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
502 25/03/07 084 338 Routine Mission Operations
503 26/03/07 085 339 Routine Mission Operations
504 27/03/07 086 340 Routine Mission Operations
505 28/03/07 087 341 Routine Mission Operations
Proficiency test with MAD 70 m DSS-63
506 29/03/07 088 342 Routine Mission Operations
507 30/03/07 089 343 Routine Mission Operations
In-pass SPICAV shutter test
508 31/03/07 090 344 Routine Mission Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 090, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 183 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 610 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 executed successfully on DoY 089
  • The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan
  • VeRa
    No reporting this period

    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.

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

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