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Cassini Update
15 Nov 2002
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Cassini Significant Events for 11/07/02 - 11/13/02

The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired from the Goldstone tracking station on Wednesday, November 13. 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 this week included Radio and Plasma Wave Science High Frequency Receiver calibrations and a high rate cyclic, the second of two tests at the new ESA tracking station in New Norcia, Australia, and a checkout of the new RADAR Version 3.0 Flight Software (FSW). The software loaded properly, and the Instrument Expanded Block (IEB) executed as expected. Analysis of data returned is on-going but at this time the FSW appears to be operating as designed with no anomalies detected.

The development of the Science Operations Plan for tour sequences S11/S12 completed this week. A wrap-up meeting was held to present the state of the sequences as archived.

Two meetings were held over the past two weeks with leads from the Target Working Teams (TWT), Orbiter Science Teams (OST), and the Science Planning Engineers. Discussion was focused on ways to reduce the complexity of the integration of the Science Operations Plan in an effort to simplify the implementation process. TWT/OST integration guidelines will be forthcoming shortly.

S14 has been chosen as the tour sequence to be used for Verification & Validation (V&V) activities to be performed beginning in April of next year. This sequence was chosen as it contains many challenging Tour activities, including a Synthetic Aperture RADAR observation during a low-altitude Titan flyby. V&V status was presented at this week's Cassini Design Team meeting.

Gravitational Wave Experiment #2 will begin December 6 and continue until mid January 2003. In order to be able to provide continuous ACE coverage for this experiment the Mission Support and Services offices put out a call internal to Cassini for anyone who would like to dust off their ACE skills and assist in staffing this important event. Members of MSSO and the Spacecraft Operations Office have responded and will be undergoing refresher training over the next month.

The Outreach Team traveled to Oakland, California to meet with members of the Cassini K-4 reading and language program. The meeting focused on content review, formulating a schedule for testing and completion of the materials, and general administrative details. Project FIRST hosted the meeting at the UC Berkeley campus.

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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