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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 77 - Mission Update

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2007

image 14 May 2007 15:45 Report for Period 29 April to 5 May 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
537 29/04/07 119 373 Routine Mission Operations
Recovery of lost TM caused by bad weather at Cebreros
538 30/04/07 120 374 Routine Mission Operations
539 01/05/07 121 375 Routine Mission Operations
540 02/05/07 122 376 Routine Mission Operations
541 03/05/07 123 377 Routine Mission Operations
542 04/05/07 124 378 Routine Mission Operations
543 05/05/07 125 379 Routine Mission Operations.
Orbital Control Manoeuvre 04:34-07:34, 1.01 ms-1

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 125, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 147 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 489 seconds.

Payload Activities

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 operated as part of the routine plan.

VeRA
Occultation measurements were carried out using the New Norcia groundstation on DOY 120 & 122. These and all future observations were/will be carried out with X-band only until further notice.

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 next quadrature phase will start in May 2007.

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