No. 84 - Continued Near Sun Hibernation Mode
05 August 2007 17:52Report for Period 7 July to 3 August 2007
The reporting period covers a period of 4 weeks of uninterrupted Near Sun Hibernation Mode. All activities have been conducted according to the plan. Some problems with the New Norcia ground station affected the operations.
At the end of the reporting period (DOY 215) Rosetta was at 122.7 million km from Earth (0.82 AU; one-way signal travel time was 6 minutes and 49 seconds). The distance to the Sun was 220.0 million km (1.47 AU).
The Near Sun Hibernation Phase will last till the beginning of September. During this period weekly contacts are foreseen with monitoring purposes. In early September the spacecraft will be reconfigured back to Active Cruise Mode in order to execute the active payload checkout 6 at the end of September in preparation of Earth Swing-by 2.
After the payload check-out the navigation campaign linked to the Earth Swing-by (13 Nov 2007) will begin and last till the end of November.