Status Report

REPLAY: MetOp Video News Release / ESA TV Exchanges / 13-10-2006

By SpaceRef Editor
October 12, 2006
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

13-Oct-06 09:15 – 09:29 GMT

REPLAY: MetOp Video News Release

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 13 October 2006, 15:00-15:15 GMT

Replay 2: 14 October 2006, 10:30-10:45 GMT

17 October 2006 at 16:28 GMT is the new launch date for MetOp, the new-generation European weather satellite.

The launch was scrubbed three times in July due to various technical problems with the Soyuz launcher, the engines of which have now been refitted.

Orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 840 km rather than 36000 km, its mission is complementary to Meteosat: these are tracking fast weather changes, whereas MetOp scrutinises longer-term weather developments and climate change.

MetOp is also putting international cooperation on a new level: the satellite houses state-of-the-art new European instruments alongside tried-and-tested ones from US satellites. MetOp fits seamlessly into a global system of polar orbiting weather satellites.

Today’s transmission is a Replay of the Video News Release from July 2006. On 17 October, ESA will provide live coverage of the launch, and details have already been posted on the ESA TV Website.

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.