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No. 147 - Routine Operations

No. 147 - Routine Operations

Report for Period 31 August to 6 September 2008Nominal operations were conducted during the reporting period. An orbit control manoeuvre (OCM) was successfully completed on 31 August (DoY 244). The manoeuvre constituted a phase correction, intended to keep the phasing of Venus Express in its orbit in sync with mission operations from ground. The downlink window with the Cebreros ground station needs to be kept in a certain time window.

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

MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
1027 31/08/08 244 Routine Operations.
Orbit Control Manoeuvre
1028 01/09/08 245 Routine Operations
1029 02/09/08 246 Routine Operations
1030 03/09/08 247

Routine Operations

1031 04/09/08 248 Routine Operations.
Pass ended early due to Rosetta asteroid fly-by ground station support
1032 05/09/08 249

Routine Operations.
Pass ended early due to Rosetta asteroid fly-by ground station support

1033 06/09/08 250 Routine Operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 250) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 226.35 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 754.5 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
No measurements were taken during the reporting period.

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

  • High gain antenna (HGA1) S-band carrier power test is planned for 15 December 2008
  • Next quadrature phase will start on 19 December 2008

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Last Update: 1 September 2019
5-Jul-2020 09:51 UT

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