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No. 172 - Routine Operations

No. 172 - Routine Operations

Report for Period 22 February to 28 February 2009The Venus Express spacecraft and payload performed nominally during this week.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities:

MET
(Day)
Date DOY Main Activity
1202 22/02/09 053

Communications pass over Cebreros

1203 23/02/09 054

Communications pass over Cebreros

1204 24/02/09 055

Telemetry bitrate increased to 114 kbps.
Communications pass over Cebreros

1205 25/02/09 056

Communications pass over Cebreros

1206 26/02/09 057

Communications pass over Cebreros

1207 27/02/09 058

Communications pass over Cebreros

1208 28/02/09 059

Communications pass over Cebreros

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 059) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 55.3 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 185 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
VIRTIS was operated in the visual channels only.

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

Future Milestones

  • Preparation for next gravity observation campaign with the Canberra ground station CAN43 on 15 April 2009.
  • Battery Deep Discharge Test is planned for 22 April 2009.
  • Start of next (outbound) quadrature phase on 29 May 2009.
  • Swap of high gain antenna (HGA) from HGA2 to HGA1 on 8 June 2009.

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Last Update: 1 September 2019
11-Jul-2020 04:54 UT

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