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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 86 - Venus Express update

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

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12 Jul 2007 13:09

Report for Period 1 July to 7 July 2007

Routine observations with Venus Express took place during this reporting period and occurred as planned. P>

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


MET (Day) Date DOY VPER# Main Activity
600 01/07/07 182 436 Routine Mission Operations
601 02/07/07 183 437

Routine Mission Operations

602 03/07/07 184 438

Routine Mission Operations. Before pass test DDOR with Cebreros, after pass test DDOR with New Norcia/Deep Space Network

603 04/07/07 185 439

Routine Mission Operations.
TM bit rate to 76182 bps

604 05/07/07 186 440

Routine Mission Operations

605 06/07/07 187 441

Routine Mission Operations. Before pass test DDOR with Cebreros, after pass test DDOR with New Norcia/Deep Space Network

606 07/07/07 188 442 Routine Mission Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 188, 19:23z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 72.44 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 242 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
No occultation observations were performed in this period. 

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 is planned for 16 July.

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