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No. 122 - Routine Operations

No. 122 - Routine Operations

Report for Period 9 March to 15 March 2008Routine operations continued nominally as planned.

A highlight during the reporting period was the Mars Express / Venus Express Mission Extension Operations Review held on 11 March. The first draft of the battery deep discharge test has been released. The target is to perform the test in April.

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

MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
852 09/03/08 069 Routine Operations
853 10/03/08 070 Routine Operations
854 11/03/08 071 Routine Operations
855 12/03/08 072 Routine Operations
856 13/03/08 073 Routine Operations
857 14/03/08 074 Routine Operations
858 15/03/08 075 Routine Operations.
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At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 075) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 231.1 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 770.3 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
One occultation pass took place with New Norcia (DOY 072).

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

  • Battery deep discharge test planned on 22 April
  • New on-board control procedure for the disabling of virtual channel zero (VC0) routing outside visibility. VC0 is used for spacecraft housekeeping telemetry
  • Release the HGA-1 S-band anomaly report


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

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