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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 73 - Mission Operations Report

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

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25 Apr 2007 15:22 Report for Period 1 April to 7 April 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
509 01/04/07 091 345 Routine Mission operations
510 02/04/07 092 346 Routine Mission operations
511 03/04/07 093 347 Routine Mission operations
512 04/04/07 094 348 Routine Mission operations.
TM bitrate changed to an information rate of 152 kbps after the pass
513 05/04/07 095 349 Routine Mission operations
514 06/04/07 096 350 Routine Mission operations
515 07/04/07 097 351 Routine Mission operations.
TM bitrate changed to an information rate of 228 kbps after the pass to support the fast download of upcoming VIRTIS movie data in subsequent DSN passes

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 097, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 177 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 589 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
No radio science performed this week.

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 execution immediately after this reporting period.

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

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