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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 89 - Mission Status

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

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02 Aug 2007 12:00

Report for Period 22 July to 29 July 2007

Routine observations took place during this reporting period, occurring as planned. A second IMP calibration exercise was run between 28 and 29 July with good results. Further processing by Flight Dynamics is on-going.


MET (Day) Date DOY VPER# Main Activity
621 22/07/07 203 457 Routine Operations
622 23/07/07 204 458

Routine Operations

623 24/07/07 205 459

Routine Operations

624 25/07/07 206 460

Routine Operations

625 26/07/07 207 461

Routine Operations
PFS test during a WOL and bit rate change to 152 Kbps after end of pass

626 27/07/07 208 462

Routine Operations

627 28/07/07 209 463 Routine Operations, re-run of IMP Gyro calibration slews after pass

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 209, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 51.7 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 172 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
The instrument was operated on DoY 207 during a WOL.

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

VeRA
No RSI during 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

  • Last two BSR supports with DSN in early August (all other BSR activities have been cancelled due to S-band attenuation problem)
  • VIRTIS Movie #2 scheduled in the second week of August.
  • Low PLL bandwidth acquisition tests with LGA and S-band over NNO scheduled for mid-August.

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