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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 84 - Mission Update

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2007

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29 Jun 2007 10:40

Report for Period 17 June to 23 June 2007

Routine observations took place during this reporting period and occurred as planned.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities in the reporting period:

MET (Day) Date DOY VPER# Main Activity
586 17/06/07 168 415 Routine Mission Operations.
587 18/06/07 169 416

Routine Mission Operations.

588 19/06/07 170 417

Special activities: update of onboard control procedures (OBCP's)

589 20/06/07 171 418

Routine Mission Operations

590 21/06/07 172 419

Routine Mission Operations

591 22/06/07 173 420

Routine Mission Operations

592 23/06/07 174 421 Routine Mission Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 174, 19:22z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 88.3 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 294 seconds.

Payload Activities

ASPERA
The instrument was regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

MAG
The instrument was regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

PFS
This instrument was OFF and was not operated.

SPICAV
The instrument was regularly operated as part of the routine plan. The OBCP upload on DOY 170 included the new OBCP (6910) for SPICAV shutter operation.

VeRA
Three occultation observations were performed over New Norcia on DOY 168, 170 and 173.

VIRTIS
The instrument was regularly operated as part of the routine plan. 

VMC
The instrument is operated as part of the routine plan.

Future Milestones

PFS tests are being prepared to try to move the scanner during a wheel off-loading (WOL).

Testing of the newly uploaded SPICAV on-board control procedures.

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