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No. 203 - Mission Operations Update

No. 203 - Mission Operations Update

Report for Period 27 September to 3 October 2009The Venus Express spacecraft and instruments performed nominally during this week. On DOY 271 the regular DDOR measurements were performed.

DDOR
On 28 September delta differential one-way ranging (DDOR) was performed using the New Norcia and Cebreros ground stations to track the spacecraft. These measurements are performed monthly to support the accurate determination of the ephemeris for the planet Venus that is maintained by NASA's Solar System Dynamics Group.

The DDOR measurement principle uses a technique to highly accurately determine the position of a transmitter in space and relies on observing the time delay between reception of the signal from the transmitter by two ground stations at different positions on Earth. In this case the Venus Express spacecraft is the transmitter and the two ground stations are New Norcia in western Australia and Cebreros in Avila, Spain.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities:

MET
(Day)
Date DOY Main Activity
1419 27/09/09 270

Communications pass over Cebreros

1420 28/09/09 271

Communications pass over Cebreros.
DDOR with the Cebreros and New Norcia ground stations

1421 29/09/09 272

Communications pass over Cebreros

1422 30/09/09 273

Communications pass over Cebreros

1423 01/10/09 274

Communications pass over Cebreros

1424 02/10/09 275

Communications pass over Cebreros

1425 03/10/09 276

Communications pass over Cebreros

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 276) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 219.1 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 730 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

  • Atmospheric drag measurements: 12 to 17 October 2009
  • Superior conjunction: 29 December 2009 to 22 January 2010


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Last Update: 1 September 2019
18-Oct-2019 09:40 UT

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