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No. 120 - Routine Operations

No. 120 - Routine Operations

Report for Period 24 February to 1 March 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
838 24/02/08 055 Routine Operations
839 25/02/08 056 Routine Operations
840 26/02/08 057 Routine Operations
841 27/02/08 058 Routine Operations
842 28/02/08 059 Routine Operations
843 29/02/08 060 Routine Operations
844 01/03/08 061 Routine operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 061 14:44z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 222 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 740 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
Three occultation passes took place with support from the New Norcia ground station (DOY 057, 059 and 061) and were nominally completed.

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 Pericentre 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 10:29 UT

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