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Cassini Update
25 Oct 2002
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Cassini Significant Events
for 10/17/02 - 10/23/02

The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired from the Madrid tracking station on Wednesday, October 23. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health and is operating normally. Information on the present position and speed of the Cassini spacecraft may be found on the "Present Position" web page.

On-board activities included setting of the CDS flight software equivalency bit, a memory readout of Assisted Load Format addresses for beginning and end of flight software loads, a Reaction Wheel Assembly momentum unload, a Stellar Reference Unit calibration, transition from Reaction Wheel to Reaction Control Subsystem control, and a high watermark clear.

Additional instrument activities included Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) High Frequency Receiver calibrations and Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, and Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph stellar observations of Fomulhaut, Canopus, epsilon Orionis, alpha Leonis, lambda Scorpii and eta Ursa Majori. ISS performed a geometric calibration and observations of Saturn. A total of 59 images was delivered to Southwest Research Institute on Monday, with a select set of images displayed on JPL monitors within an hour of generation of the data files. Cassini is currently traveling at 28,330 kilometers per hour and is 284.662 million kilometers from Saturn.

The B version of the C35 background sequence products have been published to the Distributed Object Manager. A preliminary Sequence Integration & Validation Sequence Change Request meeting is scheduled for next week. SIRTF has requested DSN passes on 6 and 9 January 2003. This will result in a change to the DSN allocation file for C35 but will not impact Gravity Wave Experiment #2. The 29th session of the Cassini Project Science Group (PSG) was held this week at JPL. Representatives from all instrument teams came to the lab to participate.

Mission Support and Services Office and Instrument Operations personnel have completed testing of theVirtual Private Network (VPN). The first router with VPN hardware will be shipped to RPWS next week. Engineering Change Requests for Cassini Information Management System 2.4 involving Science Planning Attitude Spread Sheet implementation, Prime/Rider instrument coordination, and Data Volume Calculation have been released to the flight team for review and impact.

Software Requirement Certification Review meetings were held for RPWS and Cosmic Dust Analyzer flight software builds. Both have been accepted for uplink in December. Mission Assurance presented a Risk Management briefing to Principle Investigators who are at JPL attending PSG meetings. The talk covered an introduction to risk management, some background on the Cassini process and several sample risk statements. PIs have been tasked to identify risks relative to the health & safety of their instruments, as well as any risks that would threaten their instrument science or mission objectives. This group will convene again at the January 2003 PSG, to disposition and obtain concurrence on the risks generated as a part of this exercise.

The Cassini Planetarium Show has delivered a script for review, and signed on Robert Picardo to narrate. Mr. Picardo is known to many as a member of the cast from the Voyager television series.

Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Cassini mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.

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Last Updated: 25 Oct 2002