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French/US JASON satellite from Vandenberg/USA /ESA TV Live/07-12-2001

Status Report From: Xinhua News Agency
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2001

The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

07-Dec-01 15:00 - 15:20 GMT
Launch of French/US JASON satellite from Vandenberg/USA
ESA TV Live

Background information on the transmission:

JASON is an oceanographic satellite developed jointly by the French Space Agency, CNES, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. Its main mission is to monitor global ocean circulation, study interactions of the oceans and atmosphere, improve climate predictions and observe events such as El Nino. JASON suceeds the highly successful Topex-Poseidon mission launched in 1992.

CNES has set up the re-broadcast of the NASA-TV images of the launch from the Vandenberg launch base, on a European Ku-band satellite. On another transponder, a full French-language live programme is available. For details, see the ESA TV Website

The language of the NASA-TV launch live coverage will be English; NASA-TV will in parallel cover also Shuttle mission STS-108 operations but the JASON launch scheduled for the time between 15:07 GMT and 15:09 GMT will in any case be transmitted live.

More background information can be found on http://www.cnes.fr OR http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/jason/. Transmission details:Telecom 2C at 5 degrees West
Transponder 11 (MPEG-2, 4:2:0, MCPC)
F=12,711 MHz, SR=27500 MS/sec, FEC=3/4
Channel: Globecast Service 2

For further information, visit our website at http://television.esa.int. For other enquires, contact Claus Habfast, Tel +31 71 565 3838, Fax +31 71 565 6340, e-mail claus.habfast@esa.int.

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