Publications by Colin Wilson


Venus express: Lessons from 8 years of science operations

13th International Conference on Space Operations, SpaceOps 2014 (2014)

DR Merritt, RMT Hoofs, MP Ayúcar, CF Wilson

The Venus Express spacecraft was launched in November 2005. This first European mission to Venus arrived at the planet in April 2006, and within a month had completed on-orbit commissioning and was returning science data to Earth. After four mission extensions and eight years, the spacecraft continues to operate successfully. The end of the mission is anticipated to be in 2014, when the on-board fuel supplies are finally exhausted and the required orbit around Venus can no longer be maintained. This paper discusses the lessons learned by the Venus Express Science Operations Centre (VSOC) over the course of the eight year mission, and briefly discusses the plans for the end of the mission.


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