This sent in about an hour ago by Andy Johnstone at ESOC.
Update at 05:00GMT
We are now transmitting from NASA’s 70m deep-space station in Madrid, DSS-63, and have released ESA’s 35m station at New Norcia.
The hand-over between the two networks was very smooth with both DSN [NASA] and ESTRACK [ESA] performing their duties exactly on time despite an unusually tight schedule and a hand-over method that is not routinely used.
The telemetry modulation was switched off again at 03:46GMT (04:46CET) and will remain off until shortly after we begin tracking with NASA’s 70m station at Goldstone, California, DSS-14, at 11:23GMT (12:32CET). Until then we will be relying on a system that the NASA tracking stationcolleagues have very helpfully provided for us, in which we can monitor directly their spectrum analysers and check on the quality of the signal.
Everything is currently running as planned and the next event will be the fly-by itself!