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ESA Venus Express Status Report: No. 103

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

image 07 Nov 2007 10:40 Report for the Period 28 October to 3 November 2007

The activities during this week cover routine operations in Quadrature. These operations are severely constrained due to the special thermal restrictions that apply during Quadrature phase. The swap from HGA2 to HGA1 was also carried out this week.

VIRTIS operations remained disabled during this period. The rest of observations took place routinely during this reporting period.

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


MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
719 28/10/07 301 Routine operations
720 29/10/07 302 Routine operations.  HGA2 --> HGA1 swap.
721 30/10/07 303 Routine Operations. VIRTIS commanding re-enabled
722 31/10/07 304 Pass skipped for cooldown before science ops
723 01/11/07 305 Routine Operations
724 02/11/07 306 Pass skipped for cooldown before science ops
725 03/11/07 307 Routine Operations.

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 307, 13:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 110.2 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 367 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.

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

Future Milestones

  • Restart of VIRTIS operations - 4 November 2007
  • Quadrature phase end - 23 November 2007

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