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No. 119 - Mission Update

No. 119 - Mission Update

Report for Period 17 February to 23 February 2008Routine operations continued nominally as planned.

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

MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
831 17/02/08 048 Routine Operations
832 18/02/08 049 Routine Operations
833 19/02/08 050 Routine Operations
834 20/02/08 051 Routine Operations
835 21/02/08 052 Routine Operations
836 22/02/08 053 Routine Operations
837 23/02/08 054 Routine operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 054 18:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 217 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 721 seconds.

Payload Activities

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

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

PFS
The instrument was not operated during the reporting period.

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

VeRA
Four occultation passes took place during the reporting period with support from the New Norcia ground station.

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

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

Future Milestones

  • Work out a strategy for the battery status analysis and handling
  • New release of Pericenter Reduction Operations technical note
  • New on-board control procedure for the disabling of virtual channel zero (VC0) routing outside visibility. VC0 is used for spacecraft housekeeping telemetry
  • Release of the HGA-1 S-band anomaly report
  • Release of technical note about operations planning for solar conjunction starting end of May
  • Mission Extension Operations Review on 11 March at ESOC


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Last Update: 1 September 2019
2-Jul-2022 11:01 UT

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