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ESA’s first micro-satellite will hook into the Internet / ESA TV Exchanges / 09-10-2001

By SpaceRef Editor
October 8, 2001
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

09-Oct-01 12:00 – 12:15 GMT

ESA’s first micro-satellite will hook into the Internet

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Please note that this transmission starts at 12:00 GMT and NOT at 09:15 GMT as previously announced.

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

This programme presents PROBA, one of the tiniest ESA spacecraft ever built which is paving the way for future satellites of global proportions. The PROBA launch is currently scheduled for 18 October 2001.

PROBA is the first satellite to operate in space virtually unaided, performing everyday tasks with little or no involvement from ground controllers. However, it not only has a mind of its own, it will also boast an extensive research programme, with its diverse range of scientific instruments – some of which have never before been used in space. What’s more, the data from some of these instruments will be distributed to scientists on Earth via a webserver and the internet.

The 5-minute A-roll contains split audio with an English guide track and is complemented by a longer B-roll with clean international sound. The is on-line as a PDF document under

A preview-Real stream of the A-roll will be on-line as of the morning of 9 October 2001 under

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.