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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 97

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

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25 Sep 2007 09:58 Report for Period 16 September to 22 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
677 16/09/07 259 Routine operations
678 17/09/07 260 Routine operations
679 18/09/07 261 Routine Operations. TM bitrate decreased to 91 kps after pass.
680 19/09/07 262 Routine Operations
681 20/09/07 263 Routine Operations. Pass shortened because of CEB maintenance.
682 21/09/07 264 Routine Operations
683 22/09/07 265 Routine Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 265, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 64.2 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 214 seconds.

Payload Activities

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

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

PFS
The instrument was not operated during the reporting period.

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 of H cooler is still under investigation.

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

Future Milestones

  • Test DDOR with DSN and ESA stations in coming week
  • Quadrature start 19 October

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