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No. 209 - Mission Operations Update

No. 209 - Mission Operations Update

Report for Period 8 November to 14 November 2009The Venus Express spacecraft and instruments performed nominally during this week. Routine maintenance was carried out at the Cebreros ground station on 10 and 11 November.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities:

MET
(Day)
Date DOY Main Activity
1461 08/11/09 312

Communications pass over Cebreros

1462 09/11/09 313

Communications pass over Cebreros

1463 10/11/09 314

Communications pass over Cebreros.
Cebreros ground station maintenance

1464 11/11/09 315

Communications pass over Cebreros.
Cebreros ground station maintenance

1465 12/11/09 316

Communications pass over Cebreros

1466 13/11/09 317

Communications pass over Cebreros

1467 14/11/09 318

Communications pass over Cebreros

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 318) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 245 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 817 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 radio science observations were made 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

  • Pre-solar conjunction test with the New Norcia ground station on 16 November 2009
  • Pre-solar conjunction test with the Cebreros ground station on 9 December 2009
  • Venus at superior conjunction on 11 January 2010. Venus Express superior conjunction operations: 29 December 2009 to 22 January 2010


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Last Update: 1 September 2019
5-Jul-2020 10:50 UT

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