SpaceRef

SpaceRef


ESA Venus Express Status Report: No. 105

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2007

image

28 Nov 2007 09:10 Report for Period 11 November to 17 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
733 11/11/07 315 Routine operations
734 12/11/07 316 Pass skipped for cooldown before science operations
735 13/11/07 317 Routine operations
736 14/11/07 318 Routine Operations
737 15/11/07 319 Pass skipped for cooldown before science operations
738 16/11/07 320 Routine Operations. Orbit Control Manoeuvre
739 17/11/07 321 Routine operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 321, 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 125.8 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 419 seconds.

Payload Activities

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

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

PFS
The instrument was not operated during the reporting period.

SPICAV
The instrument was regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

VeRA
No RSI activities took place this week.

VIRTIS
The instrument was regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

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

Future Milestones

  • Quadrature phase ends - 23 November 2007
  • Orbit Control Manoeuvre - 19 November 2007

// end //

More status reports and news releases or top stories.

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.