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No. 97 - Passive Cruise

No. 97 - Passive Cruise

Report for Period 12 April to 9 May 2008Rosetta is continuing its fourth orbit around the Sun as part of its interplanetary journey. The spacecraft distance from the Sun will now increase to reach a maximum of about 2.26 AU in December 2008.

The spacecraft is currently configured in passive cruise mode (near Sun hibernation mode - NSHM) with attitude control on thrusters and gyros switched OFF. The active cruise mode will be resumed at the beginning of July in preparation of the payload check-out 8.

A total of three New Norcia (NNO) passes and one Cebreros pass were taken during this period with nominal performance:

DOY Date Pass Main Activity
107 16/04/08 NNO 1510 NSHM monitoring
115 24/04/08 CEB 1181 NSHM monitoring
121 30/04/08 NNO 1524 NSHM monitoring
129 08/05/08 NNO 1532 NSHM monitoring

At the end of the reporting period (DoY 130) Rosetta was at 108 million km from Earth (0.72 AU) and the one-way signal travel time was 361 seconds. The distance to the Sun was 246 million km (1.64 AU).


During the reporting period there was no payload activity:

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is muted.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

Since DoY 086/2008 the accumulation settings are configured for passive cruise mode.

Future Milestones

The cruise phase continues towards asteroid Steins that will be encountered in early September 2008. The spacecraft will remain configured in passive cruise mode (NSHM) until beginning of July, when it will be reconfigured to Active Cruise Mode for the execution of the payload checkout 8 in preparation of the asteroid Steins fly-by.

On DoY 151 (30/05/08) the spacecraft will start setting its new record of Sun distance when it will cross the boundary of 1.756 AU touched last time in December 2005.

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This report is based on the ESOC mission operations report, WOR #97. Please see the copyright section of the legal disclaimer (bottom of this page) for terms of use.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Mar-2023 21:32 UT

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