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NASA TV’s Digital Conversion Detailed in Engineering Telecons

By SpaceRef Editor
May 4, 2005
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NASA TV’s Digital Conversion Detailed in Engineering Telecons
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Rodney Grubbs, NASA Digital TV Program Manager, will conduct two teleconferences for broadcast, cable and satellite technicians about NASA Television’s upcoming conversion. Fred Brown, Executive Producer of NASA Television, will also be available for questions.

The two teleconferences are scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. EDT and 1 p.m. EDT. Technicians and engineers with organizations that are frequent users of NASA Television and its video products are urged to call in.

Those wishing to participate in either teleconference should RSVP to Beverly Randolph of NASA Public Affairs, at 202/358-1724, by Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m. EDT, to receive a call-in phone number and password.

NASA TV’s digital conversion from a single analog channel to multiple digital streams is slated for early to mid-May. The current analog signal will be provided through the end of June to allow for a smooth transition.

Grubbs, of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has headed the agency’s television digital-conversion effort since it was initiated in 1997.

NASA Television is currently available in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA Television is currently available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, located at 137 degrees west longitude. Frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is horizontal, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. To learn more about NASA Television’s digital conversion, visit the NASA TV Web page at: www.nasa.gov/ntv

SpaceRef staff editor.