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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 99

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

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11 Oct 2007 17:08 Report for Period 30 September to 6 October 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
691 30/09/07 273 Routine operations. Test DDOR with DSN-25 11:15-13:15. Dumps stopped only at 10:55
692 01/10/07 274 Routine operations. A time correlation was executed at the end of the pass to correct an error of -4 ms
693 02/10/07 275 Routine Operations. TM BRC to 57.1 kbps at 15:07
694 03/10/07 276 Routine Operations
695 04/10/07 277 Routine Operations. Test DDOR with DSN-25 11:00-13:00. Dumps stopped at 10:40
696 05/10/07 278 Routine Operations. XHPA failure.
697 06/10/07 279 Routine Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 279, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 78.8 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 262 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
The instrument was not operated during the reporting period. All covers are closed and VIRTIS is in a safe state. VMOC has completed the development of new procedures to operate the cooler motors of both the H and M units.

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

Future Milestones

  • Quadrature start on 19 October

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