Status Report

ESA TV: ATV / ARIANE 5 Roll Out to launch pad

By SpaceRef Editor
March 7, 2008
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

07-Mar-08 17:30 – 17:45 GMT

ATV / ARIANE 5 Roll Out to launch pad


Background information on the transmission:

This Friday, 7 March, at Europe’s space port in Kourou; Ariane 5 with a huge payload under its fairing (equivalent to a London Bus!), is transferred from the preparatory area to the launch zone.

ATV “Jules Verne”, the European Automated Transfer Vehicle, at nearly 20 tonnes, is the largest payload ever launched by Ariane and also represents an historical mission: it is the first European cargo supplier for the ISS.

Launch is scheduled for a night-time launch on 9 March at 04:04 UTC. Todays video includes the final encapsulation of ATV and closure of the fairing – followed by roll-out to the launch pad.

This feed will be avalailable for MPEG2 download via ftp:

Server name:

Login: esa

Password/userid: ftp4esa Please be informed that the file will be too big to access via a web browser and that you need to use a ftp download manager.

The line-up time for ESA SCPC feeds is – 5 minutes.

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:

Eutelsat Atlantic Bird 1 (AB1) at 12.5degW, Transponder F5, Channel E, F = 12660.75MHz, Pol = horizontal,SR = 6.1113 Ms/s, FEC = 3/4, signal MPEG2 4:2:0 in the clear. Intl audio on track 1.

For further information on these feeds, please contact the ESA TV producer Chris Courtenay Taylor: tel + 44 7774 275 951 or mail [email protected]

SpaceRef staff editor.