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Space Robots Playing Soccer / ESA TV Exchanges / 17-07-2007

By SpaceRef Editor
July 16, 2007
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

17-Jul-07 08:30 – 08:45 GMT
Space Robots Playing Soccer ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 17 July, 15:00-15:15 GMT

Replay 2: 21 July, 10:30-10:45 GMT

This weekend, the team from Brazil won the Coppa America – but what about robots teaming up for a soccer match? This is what happens at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria), where small robots have been made smart enough to play against each other. Scientists from this Institute also built a robot that was launched on a sounding rocket to weave a net in weightlessness.

The script is online as a PDF file under

A WMV preview clip 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:

Sirius 2 at 4.8 degrees East, Transponder B1, Horizontal (Europe by Satellite)

F=11727.5 MHz, Symbol rate 27500 MS/sec, FEC 3/4

Audio pids: International sound=201 English=202

For the latest transmission schedule, go to For enquires on transmissions, send a mail to or call +31 71 565 3838. For ordering video tapes and questions on footage via ftp-transfer, please contact

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