Per Venus Express prima settimana di lavoro di routine

Tutto funziona bene sulla nostra sonda orbitante intorno a Venere, che è entrata nella sua fase operativa.
Speriamo che presto ci vengano rilasciate delle belle immagini…

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First Week of Routine Phase European Space Agency Venus Express 12 Jun 2006

Report for Period 04 June to 10 June 2006

All activities of the first week of the routine phase have been executed as planned without any problem. The performance of the space and the ground segment has been nominal during the reporting period. The planning cycle proceeds in its activities and according to the plan.

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

MET Date DOY VPER# Main Activity (Day) 208 04/06/06 155 44 Routine science operations 209 05/06/06 156 45 Routine science operations 210 06/06/06 157 46 Routine science operations 211 07/06/06 158 47 Routine science operations 212 08/06/06 159 48 Routine science operations 213 09/06/06 160 49 Routine science operations 214 10/06/06 161 50 Routine science operations

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 161, 14:00) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 187 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 624 seconds.

Payload Activities

ASPERA The instrument is regularly operated.

MAG The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

PFS The instrument is currently OFF and is not included in the routine planning. Any further attempt to move the scanner is now suspended until further notice.

SPICAV The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

VeRA The USO has been un-muted in the night between DoY 159 and 160 to perform the first Occultation observation ? no actual occultation took place. All spacecraft and ground segment configuration activities went according to the plan and the “open loop” data could be recorded at the station and delivered to the ESO dedicated archive. They are now being retrieved by the PI team for further processing.

VIRTIS The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan.

VMC The instrument is regularly operated as part of the routine plan. Sun avoidance is routinely checked manually.

Future Milestones

The phasing-in of the routine planning process is formally completed even though some problems are still affecting it. Medium Term Planning 2 has started on 4 June and will be completed by 1 July after four weeks of activities. The next milestone for the mission is the preparation of the Mission Commissioning Results Review to be held end of June. was orbiting Venus at 187 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 624 seconds.