SAT Observations 96.11.22
From: "Henk C. Room" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 23:23:03 +0200
From email@example.com Fri Nov 22 16: 18:47 1996
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A news release from Cairo, Egypt, located at 30.3 North - 31.15 East
WHAT YOU'LL FIND HERE:
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- Commented from the Middle Eastern perspective.
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THE HEADLINES IN THIS REPORT:
- GULF SATS
- PAS 3R
- Bits & Pieces
The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) is planing to
undertake two communications satellites programmes, for fixed and mobile
services. These are expected to be the first Gulf based satellite
systems. Etisalat presently uses the services of the two satellites
owned by the Arab Satellite Organisation (Arabsat).
Known as Emarsat the system will transmit telephone data and television
programmes. Among the expected bidders for the contract are France's
Matra Marconi Space, and the US' Martin Marietta and Hughes Space &
Communications. Emarsat programme is expected to cost $250m, for the
satellite, spares, launcher and ground stations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
A larger satellite programme, known as Thuraya is expected to be
announced by mid-1996. Under a more ambitious $600m-800m project, it
will include the supply of two satellites, launchers and ground
receiving stations for mobile communications services. The project will
be implemented by an international company in partnership with Etisalat.
Etisalat is a major telecommunications supplier in the region, operating
650,000 public telephone and 120,000 mobile lines in use, as well as
over 200,000 pagers. Each month the company installs 10,000 new public
lines and 5,000 mobile lines.
EXPRESS 6, 80 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/g24.html
I could not find a single signal today from the Express 6 satellite, the
previous mentioned strong reception of TV6 seems to have vanished again.
Typical Russian testing methods :-((.
TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/t1c.html
Channel Euro-D has changed from txpr 8U, 11.182 GHz, V, to txpr 1U,
11.515 GHz, V, but remains on the Euro Beam.
ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html
Canal France International (CFI) on txpr 12, 3.946 GHz, Lc, was almost
through day without on-screen logo, in the afternoon it appeared again
in the upper left corner, with below it the word "France" in Arabic.
AMOS 1, 4 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
Txpr 6L on 11.653 GHz, V, on the Middle East beam was activated again
with an empty carrier. No sound carriers.
INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
MCM Africa on txpr 20L, 3.650 GHz, Rc changed the on-screen logo
slightly. The yellow/green rectangular in the upper right corner
contains now the standard MCM logo with below it the previois AFRICA
logo (although in a smaller point size).
PANAMSAT 3R, 43 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Arab Radio and Television (ART) and Radio Televisione Italiana (RAI) are
the latest customers on the PAS-3R satellite at 43 West, as the
Panamsat Corporation said in a press release. Both use the Pan-American
beam in the C-band. By doing so, RAI has moved from a part-time to
full-time service in Latin America. Both channels also use capacity on
PAS 4 on 68.5 East.
Henk C. Room
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