- Press Release
- Nov 29, 2022
NASA Cassini Significant Events for 07/08/04 – 07/14/04
The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired from the Goldstone
tracking station on Wednesday, July 14. The Cassini spacecraft is in an
excellent state of health and is operating normally. Information on the
present position and speed of the Cassini spacecraft may be found on the
“Present Position” web page located at
Cassini exited the Solar Conjunction period this week. Telecommunications
performance was limited as expected due to the position of the Sun between
the spacecraft and Earth. Full communications capability was restored once
a 2-degree Sun-Earth-Probe separation angle was achieved. After conjunction
all instruments were once again configured for science acquisition.
On or about July 13, Cassini exited Saturn’s magnetosphere and the
Magnetospheric and Plasma Science instruments began to monitor the solar
wind. The unique geometry of this period of high altitude and phase angles
of ~100 degrees will allow the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph to
simultaneously measure Saturn’s aurora and magnetosphere.
On-board activities this week included a reaction wheel assembly bias,
uplink of a ram flight software patch and table load for the Cassini Plasma
Spectrometer, Probe Checkout (PCO) #14, and a test of the Probe Mission
Timer Unit (MTU). This is the first checkout of the probe since Saturn
Orbit Insertion. All probe instruments and the MTU are functioning
properly. In preparation for probe release and relay, the checkout was
utilized by members of the ground system to practice the generation of 30
minute IDRs and the monitoring of the data flow to the Huygens Probe
Members of the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) instrument team escorted an
engineering model of the instrument to JPL where it was connected to a test
bed in the Integrated Test Laboratory for flight software testing. Next
week the ITL will resume Probe Relay testing.
Official port#2 of Science Operations Plan (SOP) Implementation of tour
sequences S31/S32 occurred this week. The products were merged and
delivered to ACS for end-to-end pointing analysis. Preliminary port#1 of SOP
Implementation of tour sequences S33/S34 also occurred this week. The files
were merged and a report was delivered identifying issues to be worked.
The S05 SOP Update process began this week, and an assessment meeting to
review requested changes to S07 was held as part of the Aftermarket process.
Initially it appears that all requested changes can fit within available
resources. The Target Working Teams and Orbiter Science Teams will be
reviewing the requests over the next two weeks and provide their
recommendations at the decision meeting scheduled for July 27.
The Huygens Probe Mission Risk Review was held on Wednesday, July 14. This
was an external review convened to assess the risks and risk mitigation
measures associated with the probe mission. The board was comprised of
independent reviewers from JPL, other NASA centers, and industry. The
review was very successful with positive closing comments from the board.
All teams and offices supported this month’s Cassini monthly management
A Software Review/Certification Requirements meeting was held for CDA flight
software (FSW) version 9.2.4 Two bug fixes were previously approved for
this “patch” delivery. The next full delivery of this FSW is scheduled for
Dec 2004, with uplink planned for post-Probe mission.