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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 85 - Mission Operations

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2007

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11 Jul 2007 10:23

Report for Period 24 June to 30 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
593 24/06/07 175 429 Routine Mission Operations.
TM bit rate set to 57132 bps
594 25/06/07 176 430

Routine Mission Operations

595 26/06/07 177 431

Routine Mission Operations

596 27/06/07 178 432

Routine Mission Operations

597 28/06/07 179 433

Routine Mission Operations

598 29/06/07 180 434

Routine Mission Operations

599 30/06/07 181 435 Routine Mission Operations.
Start eclipse season

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 181, 19:23z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 80.7 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 267 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.

VeRA
An occultation observation was performed over New Norcia on DOY 176.

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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