Status Report

ESA TV Footage — info on feed 23 May 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
May 22, 2001
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The next ESA TV Footage feed will be transmitted on

Wednesday 23 May 2001

11:00-12:00 GMT

Please note the transmission parameters below.

The ESA TV footage feed includes the following three items:

ARTEMIS Story 1 — History of satellites (11:00-11:15 GMT, 13 minutes)

On 12 July 2001, ESA’s next-generation telecommunications satellite, Artenis (Advanced Relay and Technology Satellite) is scheduled for launch on Ariane 5. The ESA TV Service is transmitting a series of pre-event Exchange Programmes with background footage. The ESA TV Service will also cover the launch preparations and launch extensively. Today’s programme puts Artemis into the historic context of the development of satellite telecommunications since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, and into that of ESA’s space application activities. A soundbites by Pietro Lo Galbo, Head of ESA’s Telecommunications Department, outlines the progress made in satellite communications and ESA’s role in this segment dominated by commercial operators. This programme was first transmitted on 18 May on “Europe by Satellite”, as an ESA Exchange.

MISSION CASSIOPEE – Claudie Andre-Deshays (11:15-11:33 GMT, 16 minutes)

The first mission of French ESA astronaut Claudie Andre-Deshays took place in 1996, on the Russian space station Mir. Cassiopee, a joint Franco/Russian mission, is documented in this edited video produced by the French space agency, CNES, shortly after this mission. Since then, Claudie Andre-Deshays has joined the ESA astronaut corps and was assigned to a mission to the ISS, scheduled for October 2001. This video carries French voiceover and no international sound.

ULYSSES NEW ADVENTURES (11:35-12:00 GMT, 25 minutes)

In October 1990, the joint ESA/NASA Ulysses space probe was launched on a unique mission over the poles of the Sun. Its journey first took Ulysses out to Jupiter, the gravitational pull of which swung the probe out of the ecliptic plane over the Sun’s south pole, and then over the north pole. Ulysses has since then completed two “orbits” on a polar Sun orbit and today, 23 May 2001, it will again be traversing the ecliptic plane, from where it was launched more than a decade ago. Today’s programme, produced in 1994, provides a detailed account of the Ulysses mission and the first science results obtained from its first Sun polar pass.

Satellite parameters for all three items:

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.