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Report for period 10 to 24 June 2005The Rosetta spacecraft is in active cruise mode and preparation activities for the observation of the NASA Deep Impact probe's encounter with comet Tempel-1 continued over the reporting period.
Published: 27 June 2005
Report for period 27 May to 10 June 2005The Rosetta spacecraft is in active cruise mode in preparation for the next science phase planned for end June. The most important activity in the reporting period was a full reload of the Solid State Mass Memory (SSMM) onboard software, carried out in the period 7 to 9 June.
Published: 14 June 2005
Report for period 13-27 May 2005The spacecraft is in active cruise mode in preparation for Rosetta's next active science phase planned for end June. In the reporting period several thermal characterisation and reconfiguration activities were carried out.
Published: 30 May 2005
Report for period 22 April - 13 May 2005The main activity in this three week period was the in-flight commissioning of the Near SunHibernation Mode (NSHM), during which the Rosetta spacecraft spent days in this special low activity mode, with attitude controlled via Star Tracker and thrusters only (gyroscopes and reaction wheels are inactive).
Published: 17 May 2005
Mission StatusThe reporting period was dominated by the preparation and execution of the first Earth swingby manoeuvre of the Rosetta spacecraft. The sequence started with a trajectory correction manoeuvre successfully executed on 17 February, which put the spacecraft on its final course to Earth. Thanks to the precision of this manoeuvre, a...
Published: 9 May 2005
Report for period 8 to 22 April 2005The main activity in the reporting period was the successful first in-flight test of the Near Sun Hibernation Mode (NSHM), during which the spacecraft spent five days in this special low activity mode, with attitude controlled via Star Tracker and thrusters only (gyroscopes and reaction wheels are inactive).
Published: 25 April 2005
Report for the period 25 March to 7 April 2005The reporting period covers the last instrument observation in Rosetta's Earth swing-by 1 mission phase, the first Payload Passive Checkout and preparation of the Near Sun Hibernation Mode (NSHM) in-flight test.
Published: 8 April 2005
Report for the period 11 to 25 March 2005The reporting period covers the last few post-Earth swing-by spacecraft configuration activities and some delta-commissioning operations on the payload as agreed in the CommissioningReview of December 2004.
Published: 31 March 2005
Report for the period 25 February to 11 March 2005The reporting period covers the critical activities around the first Earth swing-by of the Rosettamission. All activities were successfully carried out, including operations of the spacecraft andpayload in proximity of the Earth and the first in-flight test of the Asteroid Flyby Mode using...
Published: 14 March 2005
With the successful completion of spacecraft and payload commissioning, the management of the Rosetta mission was transferred from the Scientific Projects Department to the Research and Scientific Support Department.
Published: 10 March 2005
Report for the period 14 to 24 February 2005The main activity of the reporting period was the last trajectory correction manoeuvre before Earth swing-by. The manoeuvre was executed successfully on 17 February and has put the spacecraft onto its final course to Earth. Thanks to the precision of the manoeuvre execution it was notnecessary to use...
Published: 28 February 2005
Report for the period 17 to 27 January 2005The spacecraft is in cruise mode. In the reporting period a number of outstanding troubleshooting activities were carried out, in addition to the routine flight operations and monitoring tasks.
Published: 31 January 2005
Report for the period 28 October to 19 November 2004Rosetta continues to fly in cruise mode which it entered 17 October. The AOCS gyro-less estimator was activated on 4 November and has been running since, outside the control loop for validation. This activity required an AOCMS patch in RAM to prevent incorrect use of gyro-less estimator output...
Published: 19 November 2004
Report for week 15 to 22 OctoberThe Rosetta commissioning phase was completed in the beginning of the reporting period, with the last main activities on the TTC subsystem, involving MGA pattern calibration and S-band tests with LGA and HGA.
Published: 2 November 2004
Report for week 8 to 15 October 2004In this last week of the commissioning phase the spacecraft spent most of the time in contact with the ground, using DSN passes during the day and New Norcia during the night. This allowed an intense and ambitious operations plan to be executed. All planned payload commissioning activities were completed in...
Published: 18 October 2004
Report for week 1 to 8 October 2004During the reporting period, the Pointing Scenario part 2 was completed and the last Lander commissioning block started.
Published: 11 October 2004
Report for week 24 September - 1 October 2004The reporting period consisted fully of the continuation of the Pointing Scenario part 2, which started on 23 September and is due to finish on 2 October.
Published: 5 October 2004
Report for week 17 to 24 September 2004In the reporting period the payload commissioning activities continued, with the completion of the OSIRIS functional commissioning, the execution of the first part of the ROSINA functional commissioning (RTOF and DFMS high voltages), the first Interference Scenario and the start of the long Pointing Scenario.
Published: 28 September 2004
Report for week 10 to 17 September 2004In the reporting period the payload commissioning activities continued, with the first part of the Pointing Scenario, covering two days of VIRTIS operations with MIRO, MIDAS and RSI activities, the final MIDAS functional commissioning and the start of the OSIRIS functional commissioning. All activities have...
Published: 22 September 2004
Report for week 3 to 10 September 2004In the reporting period daily contact with the spacecraft was established to allow the completion of payload software updates and the start of the second and last part of the Commissioning Phase.
Published: 13 September 2004
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