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Spacecraft Status

B.Fleck presented the spacecraft status (annex 3) on behalf of M.Chaloupy, J.-P.Olive, and H.Schweitzer.

The only main event since SWT-30 was the 14 July 2000 X5.7 flare, resulting in a 1.75% degradation of the solar arrays. The output is nevertheless well within the budget, and total consumption is less than 2/3 of the power provided.

The star swapping features of the new gyroless software performed flawlessly during the proton storm (several star swaps and recoveries were experienced).

A brief overview of the offpointing manoeuvre (``profile'') capabilities was given.

Luis Sanchez Duarte
Wed Sep 20 10:50:32 EDT 2000