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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 75 - Mission Update

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

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27 Apr 2007 10:52. Report for Period 15 April to 21 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
523 15/04/07 105 359 Routine Mission operations
524 16/04/07 106 360 Routine Mission operations
525 17/04/07 107 361 Routine Mission operations
526 18/04/07 108 362 Routine Mission operations
527 19/04/07 109 363 Routine Mission operations.
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528 20/04/07 110 364 Routine Mission operations
529 21/04/07 111 365 Routine Mission Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 111, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 162 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 541 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
A test of new sequences for SPICAV shutter operation was executed on DOY 104. The test was successful. The instrument is operated as part of routine plan.

VeRA
No radio science is 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

The testing of operations during quadrature is on-going; the next quadrature phase will start in May 2007. Quadrature readiness review is planned to take place on the 26 April 2007.

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