Venus Express orbit insertion
Science & Exploration

Venus Express main engine burn ended

11/04/2006 549 views 0 likes
ESA / Science & Exploration / Space Science / Venus Express
Ground controllers at ESA’s European Spacecraft Operations Centre (ESOC) confirmed the end of the Venus Express main engine burn at 10:07 today.

A few more automatic operations should now follow to reorient the spacecraft towards the Sun (so-called ‘sun acquisition mode’) and then have one of the spacecraft’s high gain antennas (the HGA 2) oriented towards Earth, ready to establish the first communication link with ground control.

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