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ESA Venus Express Status Report: No. 104

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

image 13 Nov 2007 10:48 Report for the Period 4 November to 10 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. VIRTIS operations were resumed in this period.

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


MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
726 04/11/07 308 Pass skipped for cooldown before science ops
727 05/11/07 309 Routine operations
728 06/11/07 310 Pass skipped for cooldown before science ops
729 07/11/07 311 Routine Operations
730 08/11/07 312 Pass skipped for cooldown before science ops
731 09/11/07 313 Routine Operations
732 10/11/07 314 Pass skipped for cooldown before science ops

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 314, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 118.0 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 393 seconds.

The 9 November 2007 was the second anniversary of Venus Express launch.

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
VIRTIS operations were resumed on DOY 308 and since then the instrument was operated regularly as part of the routine plan.

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

Future Milestones

  • Quadrature phase ends - 23 November 2007

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