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No. 178 - Mission Operations Update

No. 178 - Mission Operations Update

Report for Period 5 April to 11 April 2009The Venus Express spacecraft and payload performed nominally during the reporting period.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities:

MET
(Day)
Date DOY Main Activity
1244 05/04/09 095

Communications pass over Cebreros

1245 06/04/09 096

Communications pass over Cebreros

1246 07/04/09 097

Communications pass over Cebreros

1247 08/04/09 098

Communications pass over Cebreros

1248 09/04/09 099

Communications pass over Cebreros

1249 10/04/09 100

Communications pass over Cebreros

1250 11/04/09 101

Communications pass over Cebreros

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 101) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 47 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 156.7 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-M was operated in the visual channels only.

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

Future Milestones

  • 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
10-Jul-2020 00:24 UT

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