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An elegant solution - update in ESA web

16 Feb 2012, 09:10 UTC
An elegant solution - update in ESA web
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A quick link and extract from an update on Wednesday in ESA's Science directorate web pages; it provides a nice overview of the 'return to science' situation. References to our very own VMC camera activities highlighted - and note very nice comments on teamwork! Click link to read the full report.

While full science operations have now been resumed, a number of tasks remain to be completed. Most important among these is the implementation of an OBCP scheduler. This will enable the spacecraft to operate autonomously for up to a week, compared to the few days that are possible with the current FAST system. Work is also in hand to resume operation of the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC – the 'Mars webcam').

Enormous team effort

Completely redesigning the way in which Mars Express is controlled has involved an enormous amount of work for the mission control team at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), assisted by their counterparts at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), PI-teams, other ESA experts and partners in industry. Everyone involved with the mission is extremely grateful for their hard work.

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