Status Report

Artemis en route to Geostationary Orbit/ESA TV Exchange/22-02-2002

By SpaceRef Editor
February 21, 2002
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

22-Feb-02 10:15 – 10:30 GMT

Artemis en route to Geostationary Orbit

ESA TV Exchange

Background information on the transmission:

Replay I: 22 Feb 02 19:45 – 20:00 GMT

Replay II: 23 Feb 02 08:00 – 08:45 GMT

On 12 July of last year, ESA’s Artemis satellite appeared to be stranded in a wrong orbit. Engineers have been working hard since then on a recovery scenario, the latest step of which took place on Tuesday 19 February, when Artemis’ ion propulsion engines were fired to propel the spacecraft into its final geosttaionary orbit. This programme outlines how ESA and Telespazio ground controllers have worked on the problem and come up with the solution to use the ion-propulsion system on Artemis, a newly developed technology normally used to keep the satellite in the correct orbit, to raise the orbit to its correct value of 36,000 kilometres above the Earth.

The 5-minute A-roll contains split audio with an English guide track and is complemented by a B-roll with international sound only. The script is on-line as of the day of transmission, as a PDF document under

This ESA TV Exchanges feed is transmitted by the European Commission’s “Europe by Satellite” (EbS) service. You can find the complete transmission schedule and download scripts and shot lists, also for ESA TV items, from the EbS Web site at

More background information can be found on .

Transmission details:EUTELSAT HOT BIRD at 13° East (DVB/MPEG-2)

Horizontal, F=12,476 MHz (MCPC, Europe by Satellite)

SR=27,500 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

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