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No. 45 - Science Operations

No. 45 - Science Operations

Report for Period 10 September to 16 September 2006During the reporting period the mission operations have been conducted according to the plan. The ground and the space segment performance have been nominal.

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

MET (Day) Date DOY VPER# Main Activity
306 10/09/06 253 142 Routine science operations
307 11/09/06 254 143 Routine science operations
308 12/09/06 255 144 Routine science operations
309 13/09/06 256 145 Routine science operations
310 14/09/06 257 146 Routine science operations
311 15/09/06 258 147 Routine science operations
312 16/09/06 259 148 Routine science operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 259, 16:00) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 251 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 838 seconds.

Payload Activities

ASPERA
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

MAG
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

PFS
The instrument is currently OFF and is not included in the routine planning. Next PFS tests in Venus pointing attitude are planned for the first 4 orbits of MTP 6 (24-27 September 2006)

SPICAV
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

VeRA
The USO is nominally powered but muted.

VIRTIS
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

VMC
The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

Mission Planning

Short Term Planning
Operations of STP19 have been completed successfully and the planning of STP20 was completed in time. A pre-check of the payload requests for STP21 was also successful.

Medium Term Planning
The inputs for MTP08 were received and processing started.

Long Term Planning
Preparation of new FECS and BRF files, covering the period up to MTP12 next year, was started.

Future Milestones

Throughout the next week short term planning for STP21 and pre-checks for STP22 will commence.

PFS tests in Venus nadir pointing will be executed in STP21.

Planning activities for MTP08 will be performed.

An operational strategy for the upcoming solar conjunction phase in October/November 2006 will be tested in the next weeks.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
2-Jul-2022 12:17 UT

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