Posted on 25 July 2014 by Daniel
Venus Express: Final orbit manouevre complete
The final orbit will be announced later, but we achieved a roughly 460-km pericenter height and an about 63000-km apocenter height, with a new orbit duration of roughly 22h and 24 minutes.
Posted on 18 July 2014 by emily
Venus Express aerobraking: quick update 18 July
Today's update on the orbit raising manoeuvres of Venus Express, following the aerobraking campaign, is provided by acting spacecraft operations manager Joerg Fischer: Everything appears nominal so far. We have completed eight orbit correct manoeuvres (OCMs), each raising the...
Posted on 14 July 2014 by emily
Venus Express rises again
After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to below 130 km from the planet’s surface, Venus Express has embarked on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km. Over...
Posted on 10 July 2014 by Daniel
ESAHangout: Venus Express mission experts answer your a...
Join Venus Express mission experts in our ESAhangout with the latest updates on surfing Venus.
Posted on 10 July 2014 by emily
The hottest, bumpiest week yet for Venus Express
Venus Express is now in the final week of its aerobraking campaign, and the spacecraft is about as low as it’s going to get. At last pericentre passage, its altitude was only 129.9 km - and this...
Posted on 3 July 2014 by Daniel
Venus Express goes even lower
Update contributed by the VEX team – Ed. Here's the latest plot showing the lowest altitudes reached by Venus Express on each of its aerobraking orbits. Yesterday morning, 2 July, the spacecraft performed another manoeuvre designed to lower...
Posted on 30 June 2014 by Daniel
Hotter and hotter
In the past ten days, we saw the acceleration felt by the spacecraft as it dips into the atmosphere. However, it’s not these accelerations which threaten the spacecraft – instead, it’s the heating of the spacecraft which...
Posted on 27 June 2014 by Daniel
Venus Express completed the 38th aerobraking orbit on 25 June with pericentre passage expected to have occurred at 21:37:04z; the spacecraft was in braking mode between 19:59:05z and 21:54:05z. The predicted pericentre height was 132.7 km (the...
Posted on 23 June 2014 by Daniel
Venus Express enters an unknown realm
Operations team lowers altitude of pericentre passage Today's blog post was contributed by Colin Wilson at the Dept. of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Oxford University, with inputs from the operations team at ESOC. Colin is Venus...
Posted on 18 June 2014 by Daniel
Aerobraking starts today – Update 17:00CEST
UPDATE 17:00CEST Adam writes: Since the atmosphere is not as dense as was feared, we are planning a small manoeuvre next week to further lower the pericentre altitude by between 2 and 3 km. This combined with...
Posted on 18 June 2014 by Daniel
Science during aerobraking
Today’s post highlights the continuation of science data gathering during the demanding aerobraking campaign, which formally gets underway today.
Posted on 13 June 2014 by Daniel
Venus Express aerobraking: quick update
A short update from the VEX flight team at ESOC today on progress of the aerobraking campaign. The quick news: it's going very well! The 25th aerobraking orbit (Number 2975 in the mission overall) was completed earlier...