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RE: ESA Ready Mars Express
« Reply #1 on: 09/08/2005 05:45 PM »
Hi,

Chris, shouldnt the subject read 'ESA ready Venus Express'

Cheers,

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RE: ESA Ready Venus Express
« Reply #2 on: 09/08/2005 06:01 PM »
Where was my head when I put this on the forum!  :o  ;)  Thanks.

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RE: ESA Ready Venus Express
« Reply #3 on: 09/08/2005 07:09 PM »
Why does ESA use Russian Rockets when they could use American rockets? Is there some infighting reason to this?
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RE: ESA Ready Venus Express
« Reply #4 on: 09/08/2005 10:48 PM »
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Why does ESA use Russian Rockets when they could use American rockets? Is there some infighting reason to this?

The Europeans decided to side with the Russians. They'll tell you they are cheaper, but when it comes down to it, the French and Germans don't want to deal with the US.

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RE: ESA Ready Venus Express
« Reply #5 on: 10/08/2005 11:04 AM »
why don't we europeans just use our own rockets? We have Airiane!

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RE: ESA Ready Venus Express
« Reply #6 on: 10/09/2005 09:40 PM »
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t walker - 8/10/2005  6:04 AM

why don't we europeans just use our own rockets? We have Airiane!

Well, the French have Airiane! We just throw millions at that very un-British vehicle. How many people know what ESA is, and how many know what NASA is, in the UK?
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Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #7 on: 11/01/2005 01:14 PM »
Nov. 9 launch date.

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #8 on: 11/08/2005 09:32 AM »
Still just the one day away from launch?

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #9 on: 11/08/2005 09:49 PM »
Yes. Right now it's less than 6 hours before launch. Does anyone if there will be any live coverage of the launch?
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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #10 on: 11/09/2005 02:00 AM »
The launch of the European Space Agency's Venus Express probe is planned for 0333 GMT Wednesday (10:33 p.m. ET Tuesday) at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9968126/

After completion of Soyuz launcher fuelling, concluded as planned at 03:00 CET, Venus Express is almost ready for lift-off.
 The only outstanding task to be performed is the switch to the spacecraft's on-board power, which is planned to be completed at 04:23 CET, just ten minutes before launch.
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMAWL638FE_index_0.html

9 Nov 02:03 UTC
MET: -01h 30m 00s
End of launch vehicle fueling
http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=38243
8 Nov 23:44 UTC
MET: -03h 49m 00s
Start fueling of launch vehicle (lasts 2h 20m)

Venus Express Launch Updates

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #11 on: 11/09/2005 02:38 AM »
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 Does anyone if there will be any live coverage of the launch?


9 Nov 03:30:59 UTC MET: -00h 02m 35s
http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=64
Pressurization of propellant tanks
The Soyuz will make its fiery ascent through the sky in a few minutes.
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Venus_Express/SEMN3Y274OD_0.html

9 Nov 03:31:34 UTC MET: -00h 02m 00s
Umbilical drops-off

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #12 on: 11/09/2005 03:35 AM »
Two hours to go??

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #13 on: 11/09/2005 03:36 AM »
I'm watching, I didn't know it was this close to launch.

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #14 on: 11/09/2005 03:40 AM »
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Two hours to go??

No, he meant two minutes to go :) It launched on time. I'm writing a story :)

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #16 on: 11/09/2005 03:52 AM »
Congrats ESA... nice launch..

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #18 on: 11/09/2005 03:58 AM »
Errrrr, I think the better option is the live webcast than someone in America typing what they are seeing on the webcast ;)

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #19 on: 11/09/2005 04:14 AM »
The English guy commentating was cool :) French guy "We have booster seperation" English guy "Right, very good!" :)

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #20 on: 11/09/2005 07:17 AM »
Congrats to ESA and the Russians.

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #21 on: 11/09/2005 09:41 AM »
ESA's second interplanetary probe!  What with Mars Express, Rosetta, Huygens and SMART-1, they're building up a reputation in robotic exploration. I would say they're second to the US at the current time, and I wish they'd be a bit more publicity conscious about that fact.

Now, if they'd only develop their own manned program rather than piggy-backing on others (and if only the UK would join in, piggy-backing or not)!

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RE: Venus Express Nov. 9
« Reply #22 on: 11/09/2005 07:47 PM »
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Sergi Manstov - 8/11/2005  10:58 PM

Errrrr, I think the better option is the live webcast than someone in America typing what they are seeing on the webcast ;)

I still Welcome running comments, because I know some people have a slow connection/media player problems or do not have access to TV coverage



Venus Express will endeavour to answer many of the questions raised by previous missions but so far left unanswered.
It will focus on the characteristics of the atmosphere, its circulation, structure and composition in relation to altitude, and its interactions with the planet's surface and with the solar wind at altitude.
To perform these studies, it has seven instruments on board: three are flight-spare units of instruments already flown on Mars Express, two are from comet-chaser Rosetta and two were designed specifically for this mission.
The PFS high-resolution spectrometer will measure atmospheric temperature and composition at varying altitudes. It will also measure surface temperature and search for signs of current volcanic activity.
The SPICAV/SOIR infrared and ultraviolet spectrometer and the VeRa instrument will also probe the atmosphere, observing stellar occultation and detecting radio signals; the former will in particular seek to detect molecules of water, oxygen and sulphuric compounds thought to be present in the atmosphere.
The VIRTIS spectrometer will map the various layers of the atmosphere and conduct multi-wavelength cloud observation in order to provide images of atmospheric dynamics.
http://www.venustoday.com/
Assisted by a magnetometer, the ASPERA 4 instrument will analyse interaction between the upper atmosphere and the solar wind in the absence of magnetospheric protection such as that surrounding Earth (for Venus had no magnetic field). It will analyse the plasma generated by such interaction, while the magnetometer will study the magnetic field generated by the plasma.
The VMC camera will monitor the planet in four wavelengths, notably exploiting one of the 'infrared windows' revealed in 1990 by the Galileo spacecraft (when flying by Venus en route for Jupiter), making it possible to penetrate cloud cover through to the surface. The camera will also be used to monitor atmospheric dynamics, notably to observe the double atmospheric vortex at the poles, the origin of which still remains a mystery.

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