During the current Near Earth Commissioning Phase for Venus Express, most communications will consist of telemetry, telecommands and radiometric data measurement to help determine the spacecraft's orbit. The station was manned until 11 November, the final day of LEOP, after which it reverted to normal remote-controlled operation. During critical phases of the Venus Express mission, the station will be staffed to enable immediate action should any problems occur. "We have been very busy preparing for this. We started two months before the Venus Express launch with intensive training, including mission readiness tests twice per week as well as running tracking campaigns targeting Rosetta and Mars Express," says Lionel. "Everything went really well."
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