Monthly Archives: August 2012

Venus Express Status Report 246

Report for the period 1 April to 28 April 2012. Includes the end of special operations for a quadrature season, routine planned operations at low telemetry downlink data rates, the end of the twentieth solar eclipse season, the start of the eighth Atmospheric Drag Experiment (ADE) Campaign, and the continuation of the mission’s longest Earth occultation season

Full report published on the ESA Science and Technology website on 23 August 2012.

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Venus Express Status Report 245

Report for the period 4 March to 31 March 2012. Includes routine planned operations at maximum and minimum telemetry downlink data rates, the continuation of the twentieth eclipse season, and the beginning of the mission’s longest Earth occultation season. The entire reporting period fell during a quadrature season, which entails special operational requirements. A large solar flare on 7 March caused the spacecraft’s star trackers to be blinded completely for three days, during which science operations were halted.

Full report published on the ESA Science and Technology website on 17 August 2012.

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