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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 100

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2007

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18 Oct 2007 14:18 Report for Period 7 October to 13 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
698 07/09/07 280 Routine operations
699 08/10/07 281 Routine operations
700 09/10/07 282 Routine Operations. Cebreros maintenance
701 10/10/07 283 Routine Operations
702 11/10/07 284 Routine Operations
703 12/10/07 285 Routine Operations
704 13/10/07 286 Routine Operations. TM BRC to 45.7 kbps at 14:53

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 286, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 86.8 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 289 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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