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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 94

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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04 Sep 2007 14:40 Report for Period 26 August to 1 September 2007

Routine observations took place during this reporting period.

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


MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
656 26/08/07 238 Science Interrupted due to SADE problem AR-74, Spacecraft remained earth pointing with TX-ON
657 27/08/07 239 Test on SADE performed, Science Resumed
658 28/08/07 240 Routine Operations
659 29/08/07 241 Routine Operations
660 30/08/07 242 Routine Operations
661 31/08/07 243 Routine Operations
662 01/09/07 244 Routine Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 247, 15:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 47.1 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 157 seconds.

Payload Activities

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

MAG
MAG The instrument was regularly operated as part of the routine plan. As part of resuming science on the 27 August, MAG was not switched on, this only occurred the next day.

PFS
No PFS operations were carried out this week.

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

VeRA
No RSI activities took place this week

VIRTIS
Only Virtis M part has been operated during this period as the failure on H cooler is still under investigation.

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

Future Milestones

  • Virtis tests to be conducted on orbits 506 and 509
  • Quadrature start 19th October.

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