The Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory

Expected Malindi Contacts

General Description:

The prime ground station for the Swift mission is located in Malindi, Kenya, and is operated by the Italian Space Agency. Normally most of the Swift Quick Look data are produced from telemetry received at the Malindi Ground Station. The contacts with Malindi are usually supplemented with contacts with NASA ground stations, such as the one in Wallops, VA, (designated WS1). Typically there is a lag of a couple of hours between the telemetry being received at the station and the corresponding data being available on the Swift Quick Look web page, but there is considerable variation in the lag.

Because of the orbit of Swift and the location of Malindi, each day there is a series of contacts separated by about 100 minutes and then a gap for about 6 hours. The gap in Swift contacts is often reduced because of contacts with a NASA station. The table lists the planned contact times and durations for the next 7 days. There is no guarantee that these contacts will actually take place.

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This report produced at 2018/288/12:40:02 UT

Expected times of contacts with all ground stations in UT:
    Start_Date     Start_MET yymmdd  Duration Station
2018/288/18:48:10  561322112 181015  00:10:48   SA1 
2018/288/19:18:29  561323931 181015  00:10:58   MAL 
2018/288/20:29:34  561328196 181015  00:10:44   SA1 
 (gap)
2018/289/00:43:53  561343455 181016  00:12:49   SI1 
 (gap)
2018/289/06:45:19  561365141 181016  00:08:33   WG1 
2018/289/07:15:53  561366975 181016  00:11:41   MAL 
2018/289/08:18:14  561370716 181016  00:08:16   WS1 
2018/289/09:59:26  561376788 181016  00:08:56   WS1 
2018/289/11:41:19  561382901 181016  00:06:05   WS1 
2018/289/14:07:25  561391667 181016  00:09:09   MAL 
2018/289/15:48:37  561397739 181016  00:11:19   MAL 
2018/289/18:42:12  561408154 181016  00:10:55   SA1 
2018/289/19:13:03  561410005 181016  00:10:20   MAL 
2018/289/20:23:46  561414248 181016  00:10:30   SA1 
 (gap)
2018/290/00:38:01  561429503 181017  00:13:00   SI1 
2018/290/03:46:56  561440838 181017  00:10:09   MAL 
2018/290/04:59:07  561445169 181017  00:06:46   WG1 
2018/290/06:39:14  561451176 181017  00:08:46   WG1 
2018/290/07:10:16  561453038 181017  00:11:24   MAL 
2018/290/08:12:12  561456754 181017  00:08:35   WS1 
2018/290/09:53:34  561462836 181017  00:08:58   WS1 
2018/290/14:01:27  561477709 181017  00:09:46   MAL 
2018/290/15:42:43  561483785 181017  00:11:37   MAL 
 (gap)
2018/290/20:18:01  561500303 181017  00:10:10   SA1 
 (gap)
2018/291/00:32:13  561515555 181018  00:13:04   SI1 
 (gap)
2018/291/04:52:43  561531185 181018  00:07:35   WG1 
2018/291/06:33:13  561537215 181018  00:08:50   WG1 
2018/291/08:06:13  561542795 181018  00:08:45   WS1 
2018/291/09:47:45  561548887 181018  00:08:58   WS1 
 (gap)
2018/291/16:48:56  561574158 181018  00:10:36   SA2 
2018/291/18:30:09  561580231 181018  00:10:54   SA2 
 (gap)
2018/292/00:26:28  561601610 181019  00:13:00   SI1 
 (gap)
2018/292/04:46:28  561617210 181019  00:08:08   WG1 
2018/292/06:19:18  561622780 181019  00:07:46   WS1 
2018/292/08:00:17  561628839 181019  00:08:49   WS1 
2018/292/09:41:59  561634941 181019  00:08:41   WS1 
 (gap)
2018/292/18:24:33  561666295 181019  00:10:44   SA1 
 (gap)
2018/293/00:20:47  561687669 181020  00:12:49   SI1 
 (gap)
2018/293/04:40:18  561703240 181020  00:08:30   WG1 
2018/293/06:21:23  561709305 181020  00:08:35   WG1 
2018/293/07:54:24  561714886 181020  00:08:54   WS1 
2018/293/09:36:16  561720998 181020  00:06:07   WS1 
 (gap)
2018/293/16:37:10  561746252 181020  00:10:57   SA1 
2018/293/18:18:29  561752331 181020  00:10:34   SA2 
 (gap)
2018/294/02:54:08  561783270 181021  00:06:39   WG1 
2018/294/04:34:13  561789275 181021  00:08:42   WG1 
2018/294/06:15:35  561795357 181021  00:08:14   WG1 
 (gap)
2018/294/18:12:59  561838401 181021  00:10:11   SA1 
2018/294/20:45:34  561847556 181021  00:12:17   SI1 
 (gap)
2018/295/02:47:44  561869286 181022  00:07:28   WG2 
2018/295/04:28:12  561875314 181022  00:08:46   WG2 
2018/295/06:09:52  561881414 181022  00:07:41   WG2 
2018/295/07:42:44  561886986 181022  00:08:54   WS1 
 (gap)
2018/295/14:44:05  561912267 181022  00:10:43   SA1 
2018/295/16:25:20  561918342 181022  00:10:57   SA1 
Using file ICS_2018_288_121951_00.txt