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Artemis and STS-104 launch coverage – Flywheel Gym trainer – ERS-1 10th anniversary / ESA TV Footage / 18-07-2001

By SpaceRef Editor
July 17, 2001
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

18-Jul-01 11:00 – 12:00 GMT

Artemis and STS-104 launch coverage – Flywheel Gym trainer – ERS-1 10th anniversary

ESA TV Footage

Background information on the transmission:

This ESA TV Footage feed will comprise of the following 4 items and be transmitted on Eutelsat W1 (please note satellite parameters below):

1) Artemis Launch Coverage: 11:00-11:10 GMT
ESA’s Artemis telecommunications satellite, launched by an Ariane 5 on Thursday 12 July 2001 at 18:58 local time (23:58 CEST) in Kourou, French Guiana, was left stranded in a lower than expected orbit due to a malfunction in the launcher’s upper stage. This edited Arianespace footage features the main events of the launch and an English translated soundbite by Jean-Marie Luton, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace.

2) STS-104 Launch and Flight Day 4 HIghlights: 11:10-11:30 GMT
A NASA edited highlights package of the latest Shuttle launch to the International Space Station on Thursday 12 July, 2001. This mission comprises of a five strong crew whose top priority is installation on the International Space Station of the Joint Airlock. This will give station crewmembers the capability of conducting spacewalks from the orbiting laboratory using either the Russian Orlan spacesuits or U.S. spacesuits. In addition there will be footage of the first EVA to fit the joint airlock (NB this footage carries no audio).

3) ESA’s new exercise machine for the ISS: 11:30-11:45 GMT
Taking part in some form of regular exercise is an important part of an astronauts time in space. This is because experiments on previous missions have indicated that astronauts suffer from bone and muscle deterioration due to the lack of resistance on their bodies that gravity provides them with on Earth. In Sweden inventors Per Tesch and Hans Berg have developed a new exercise machine for ESA that is based on flywheel technology in order to provide resistive exercise. This exercise machine is will be more efficient than earlier devices and is due to be flown for use on the International Space Station in 2002. The 4-minute A-roll contains split audio with an English guide track and is complemented by a longer B-roll with clean international sound. The script and shot list are on-line as a PDF document under

4) 10th Anniversary of ERS-1 Satellite:11:45-12:00 GMTTen years ago, on 17 July 1991, ESA launched the highly successful ERS-1 satellite. ERS-1 uses active radar instruments to observe the Earth day and night, even through thick clouds. Hundreds of scientists are now using its data, which have also found many routine applications in weather forecasting, crop forecasting, climate monitoring and oceanology. ERS-1 was switched off in 1999, exceeding its design lifetime by a factor of four. This ESA TV Exchange Programme includes footage required to cover this anniversary, with footage from spacecraft development, launch and operations, and some of the most important science results and applications. The Programme is made of an A-roll with English voiceover (split audio) and a B-roll with clean international sound. The second satellite in the series, ERS-2, was launched in 1995 and its much more powerful successor, Envisat, is scheduled for launch this autumn.

More background information can be found on .

Transmission details:Eutelsat W1, 10 degrees East

Transponder B5, channel 2 (digital, horizontal)

F=11.14375 MHz, SR=5.632 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

MPEG-2 (4:2:0)

MCR: Tel +31 71 565 6322, Fax +31 71 565 6340

PID-codes (Hex): audio 24, video 21, text 0, PCR 21

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SpaceRef staff editor.