SAT Observations 96.11.15
From: "Henk C. Room" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 22:28:13 +0200
From email@example.com Fri Nov 15 15: 23:59 1996
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A news release from Cairo, Egypt, located at 30.3 North - 31.15 East
WHAT YOU'LL FIND HERE:
- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
- Commented from the Middle Eastern perspective.
WHAT YOU DON'T FIND HERE:
- Astra, Eutelsat Superbeam and Skandinavian Reports.
- D-Box Info, DF-1 Reports and daily Feed Listings.
THE HEADLINES IN THIS REPORT:
- Hot Bird 2
- Ariane V93
- Bits & Pieces
HOT BIRD 2 Launch
The launch of Eutelsat's $200 million worth Hot Bird 2 satellite by a
Lockheed Martin Atlas 2A today from launchpad 36B at the Cape Canaveral
Air Station, was postponed for the third day in a row, due to the
forecasted high winds and rain at the Space Coast. Weather conditions
are not expected to improve on the short term
The launch team will continue to hold weather briefings throughout the
weekend and could decide either Saturday or Sunday morning whether to
proceed with a launch attempt on Sunday. If an attempt is made on
Sunday, the launch window will open at 3:46 p.m. EST (2046 GMT). A
closing time for the window has not been set. If the Atlas does not
launch by Sunday, the team will have to standby until Thursday, November
21, to wait for NASA to launch shuttle Columbia, which is using the same
launch tracking facilities.
NASA managers, meanwhile, decided to delay launch of the the space
shuttle Columbia from Saturday to Tuesday, November 19.
The next launch of an Ariane 4 rocket is flight V93, scheduled for
December 17, which will bring the Panamsat 6 into a transfer orbit, from
where it will be co-located with PAS 3R, on 43 West, to supply mainly
Latin America with digital services.
GOR 24 & EXPRESS 6, 80 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/g24.html
Several txpr tests could be observed again on this position. At 9:00 CET
TV6 on 3.875 GHz, Rc, could be received in very good quality, a little
weaker therefore RTR on 3.675 GHz, Rc. In the afternoon, however, the
quality of both channels dropped sharply, until no further signal lock
could be maintained. For me proof enough that the stations are not
transmitted from the Express satellite, which is quite stable in orbit;
strong signals can be received throughout the night.
ARABSAT 1C, 31.5 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a1c.html
Txpr 18, 4.033 GHz, Lc, again txm the cricket tests with New Zealand,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka from Sharjah, UAE.
EUTELSAT II f3, 16 East, SATCO-DX, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
The txm of ESC 1, Egypt on txpr 27U, 11.178 GHz, V, have again not been
identical with the txm on ARABSAT 2A ( http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html )
on txpr 3, 3.761 GHz, Rc. EUT-2f3 had Nile TV switched on; A2A had
children's programming from ESC1.
EUTELSAT II f2, 10 East, SATCO-DX, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
Txpr 20U, 11.018 GHz, H, (previous Satel/NTV) was activated with a blank
carrier, using a low powered signal. No txm could be observed.
THANK YOU ...
I thank all readers who commented the mailed DStv report, in between I
have answered all direct questions and will compile the received
additional information into an amendment, to be mailed in the coming
Henk C. Room
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