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Venus Express Arrives at Destination: the Preview / ESA TV News / 06-04-2006

By SpaceRef Editor
April 5, 2006
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

06-Apr-06 06:45 – 07:00 GMT

Venus Express Arrives at Destination: the Preview


Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 6 April 2006, 16:00-16:15 GMT

Replay 2: 8 April 2006, 11:30-11:45 GMT

ESA’s Venus Express Probe will arrive at the Shepherd’s star on Tuesday 11 April at around 07:00 GMT. Putting the spacecraft into an orbit around venus needs a one-hour burn of the main engine to decelerate it enough so that Venus’ gravity can capture it: an operation that is not without risk, and during which radiocommand of Venus Express is not possible.

Today’s Exchange provides the pre-event images for this event.

The script is online as a PDF file under

A Media Player preview clip is online under (4.1 MB) and a Quicktime 7 preview clip under (22.8 MB).

On 11 April, the Venus Express Orbit Insertion will be covered live by ESA TV reporting from ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany. Schedule and transmission details are online on the ESA TV Website.

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.