Status Report

ESA TV Exchanges – Envisat and Oil Seepage – 29/10/01

By SpaceRef Editor
October 29, 2001
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The ESA TV Service would like to point out that the change to winter time that occured between the night of the 27 and 28 October will effect the times of the RSA TV Transmissions. Please note:

ESA TV Exchanges on EbS

10:15-10:30 GMT

11:00-11:15 CET

ESA TV Footage on Eutelsat W1

11:00-12:00 GMT

12:00-13:00 CET

The ESA TV website ( has been updated accordingly so we urge all broadcasters to check the transmission times before organising their downlinks

Tomorrow’s transmission on EbS:

Envisat Stroy – Oil Exploration From Space

30 October 2001

10:15-10:30 GMT

This transmission is the fifth of eight ESA TV Exchange Programmes on Envisat’s science and application promises.

Background information on the transmission:

The need to fuel our cars and synthesise plastics is as yet showing no sign of a slow down and oil companies have been forced to move further offshore into deeper waters in order to find new and active oil reserves. The resultant cost implications for seismic exploration in deeper waters are huge. Fortunately, new advances in satellite technology are creating alternative techniques and literally billions of dollars in savings to the World Wide oil industry.

Data that will be produced by Envisat will enable Geo-Science organisations such as Nigel Press Associates to look for surface oil seeps that may indicate sizeable reserves. The informations is then made availabel to the exploration and engineering services industry.

The 8-minute A-roll outlining Envisat’s roll in detecting oil seepage contains split audio with an English guide track and is complemented by a B-roll with two interviews in clean international sound.

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 The script and shotlist will also be available as a PDF file on the ESA TV website as of Tuesday morning

Satellite parameters Transmission details:


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

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

For further information and a daily update of the transmission schedule, visit our website at For all enquires, contact Claus Habfast, Tel +31 71 565 3838, Fax +31 71 565 6340, e-mail

SpaceRef staff editor.