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No. 10 - Passive Cruise Continues

No. 10 - Passive Cruise Continues

Report for Period 06 January - 12 January 2006During the reporting period the spacecraft has been monitored using the New Norcia antenna. The spacecraft has passed through a period of quasi inferior conjunction without any observable effects.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities in the reporting period:

MET (Day)

Date

DOY

Main Activity

59

06/01/06

006

Radio Science Pass

60

07/01/06

007

SC Monitoring

61

08/01/06

008

SC Monitoring

62

09/01/06

009

SC Monitoring

63

10/01/06

010

SC Monitoring

64

11/01/06

011

Skipped

65

12/01/06

012

SC Monitoring

At the end of the last NNO pass in the reporting period (DOY 013, 06:00) Venus Express was 18.7 million km from the Earth, 128.4 million km from the Sun, and 21.5 million km from Venus. The one-way signal travel time was 62 seconds.

Payload Activities

ASPERA
The instruments has been activated for a passive calibration on DoY 008.

All other instruments remained off during the reporting period.

Future Milestones

Operations with Cebreros will resume on 15 January in preparation of the second payload pointing campaign to be conducted from 16 to 21 January. This will mark the last combined payload operations scenario before arrival at Venus.

In future each instrument will be activated occasionally on a single case basis to conduct either checkout or maintenance activities.

The two weeks after the payload pointing scenarios will be dedicated to in-flight thermal characterisation.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
13-Aug-2020 12:15 UT

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