Status Report

EGNOS Transafrica / ESA TV Exchanges / 21-11-2006

By SpaceRef Editor
November 20, 2006
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

21-Nov-06 10:15 – 10:30 GMT

EGNOS Transafrica

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 21 November 16:00-16:15 GMT

Replay 2: 25 November 11:30-11:45 GMT

We take it for granted that aircraft criss-cross the continent in safety. But what about air travel in less developed parts of the world? One answer is the European satellite navigation system called EGNOS which will become available for commercial aircraft navigation next year.

EGNOS corrects GPS signals and sends them via satellite to the planes to reach a positioning accuracy of less than two metres. It also guarantees high quality signals ? something that GPS does not offer.

Since 2002, a network of 10 EGNOS stations has been set up in different African countries. These provide coverage all over Africa. Last year, a ppassenger aircraft travelled 6,400 km in Africa using the EGNOS satellite signals for navigation.

Today’s Exchange tells the story of this “Egnos Transafrica” experiment which was accompanied and documented by a correspondent and crew.

The script is online as a PDF file under

A WMV preview file is online 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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SpaceRef staff editor.