No. 51 - Second Push-Broom Operations Phase
23 May 2006 16:59Report for period 17 April to 14 may 2006
The completion of the thermal analysis being done as part of the preparation for the SMART-1 Moon impact gave the Flight Control Team a surprise. The expected increase of temperatures during May due to the Sun/Earth/Moon alignment was going to be higher than six months ago.
This especially affects the solar arrays at perilune when SMART-1 passes the subsolar point with the Sun on one side and the illumination by light reflected of the full Moon on the other, causing temperatures to rise above 105 °C. This would be close to the qualification limit of the solar arrays of 110 °C.
After several considerations including the trend analysis of the real time telemetry, it was decided not to take any risk and implement a 35° offset in the solar array orientation, enough to keep it within a reasonable range of temperatures. This was implemented on 9 May 2006 and proved to be successful, lowering the maximum reached temperature to around 85 °C instead of the 96 °C prior to the implementation of the offset.
Other SMART-1 operations have been nominal during this period which saw the start of the second push-broom observations phase.
Moon impact preparation:
The SMART-1 Ground Operations Automation System (GOAS) will be used operationally in the second half of May, which is a first for an ESA mission.
The future activities are focused on the following:
Note: The second ranging test with the Chinese station Kashi is now confirmed for week 22.
Electric Propulsion, Power and Thermal
During the reporting period the maximum eclipse occurred on 14 May and lasted just over one hour:
The performance of the Power Subsystem was very good. As part of the routine analysis during the eclipse, a check of the battery cell capacity was done, showing that there is no degradation of the cells and that the performance is as expected, when compared with previous eclipses.
The changes in four parameters since apolune 2329 are: