SAT Observations 97.05.03

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- PAS-6 launch
- Thaicom 3 tests
- Intelsat 801 in position
- Lybia new on Arabsat 2B

PANAMSAT 6, t.b.l. at 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
As reported in SAT-MidEast 97.05.01, has the launch of the PANSAMSAT 6,
originally scheduled for May 13, been postponed.
PanAmSat Corporation said that the launch of its PAS 6 Atlantic Ocean
Region satellite has been rescheduled for late summer 1997.
Arianespace has indicated its ability to accommodate the revised PAS-6
launch timetable.

SME comment: This will definately now mess up the already difficult
Arianespace launch schedule this year (or eventually clear up things).
It is not even sure yet on which flight finally Hot Bird 3 (V99 ?) and
the Sirius 2 (V100 ?) will be.
It makes life more exciting ;-) , at least untill the launch of Ariane

Latest estimated timetable: (Flight V96 & V98 could also be exchanged)

V 97	L468	03/06/97	44L	 INMARSAT 3-F4 & INSAT 2D 
V 98 	L469 	25/06/97 	44P  INTELSAT 802 
V 99 	L470 	15/07/97 	44LP HOTBIRD-3 & INDOSTAR 
V 96	L467	xx/08/97	44P  PAS 6 
V100 	L471 	xx/09/97 	44L  SIRIUS-2 & METEOSAT-7 

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai3.html
Thaicom 3, launched on 16 April, is now undergoing tests at 120 East.
The satellite will be moved to 78.5 East following testing. Around June
1st, Thaicom 3 will take over all traffic now carried by Thaicom 1.
Thaicom 3 features a semi global beam with transponders in the 3.400 to
3.700 GHz C-band range, with seven transponders covering all of Africa,
eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

(Info kindly submitted by M.Long via SATCO-DX)

PANAMSAT 4, 68.4 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
Friday, regular now in the third week, transmissions of SAT-7, in
Arabic, on 4.032 GHz, H, identical to the Eutelsat II-F3 broadcast on 16
East. These transmissions are targetted towards the KSA, the address
displayed differed from the last one seen: Footsteps, P.O. Box 5022,
Nicosia, Cyprus.

The Showtime DStv Network uses following transponder to carry the MPEG-2
data streams:
Transponder 17, 11.464 GHz, H, SR 27500, FEC 7/8: 
The Movie Channel, Nickelodeon, The Paramount Channel, TV Land, MTV
Europe, VH-1 UK and Bloomberg Information TV.

Transponder 21, 11.584 GHz, H, SR 27500, FEC 7/8:
	STYL: VPID 0200 - APID 028A Style
	DISC: VPID 0201 - APID 028B The Discovery Channel
	FUT1: VPID 0202 - APID 028C (test, presently sound Style)
	FUT2: VPID 0203 - APID 028D (test, scrambled)
	ONTV: VPID 0204 - APID 028E Channel Listings

(Original info kindly submitted by R.Eckendorff through SATCO-DX)

INTELSAT 801, 64 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i801.html
Intelsat 801 began moving away from 47 East on 25 April and is, as
reported in the latest NORAD position data, currently around 62 East,
and will reach Sunday evening it's final position on 64 East, where
final tests take place prior to the official activation of the satellite
in the coming week.

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.html
Orbit has started a shopping service on Channel 7 of the digital package
on May 1st. The contents are also to be seen on Orbit's Promotional
Channel, transponder 9, 3.884 GHz, Rc, on Arabsat 2A, 26 East.

For some time now there is also a Channel 6 available, which on
selection, shows the usual "You are not subscribed to this..." when you
tune to it. Orbit always had the policy to broadcast new channels one
month free of charge to all viewers, but this time it has changed it's
procedures most probably as well.

Has anybody an idea what is transmitted on Orbit Channel 6 ?

(Info kindly submitted by Emre Somcag, Riyadh, KSA)

ARABSAT 2B, 30 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Today also the regular transmissions of BAZTAB Entertainment TV.
Unfortunate the transmitted audio signal was unavailable at first, later
poor and very low in volume.

The new test card on 4.167 GHz, Rc, had on the 6.20 Audio subcarrier
classical music during the afternoon. The later featured audio was the
TV sound of a Lybian TV channel.

Info kindly submitted by Mamdouh Taher & Mohammed El Nadi

EUTELSAT II-F3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
On Friday as usual on 11.575 Ghz, V, SAT-7, identical, to transmissions
on PANAMSAT 4, 68.4 East. It was later followed by the Miracle Channel.

Classics!, the movie channel has started on 10.986 GHz, H, PAL,
Free-To-Air, from 01:00 to 06:00 CEST. This superbeam transponder is
unfortunate not receivable in the MidEast.
The Classics! promotional trailers can be seen on Gorizont 22, 40 East
in the early evening on 3.875 GHz, Rc, the "Rendez-Vous" transponder.

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
The two test channels on the recently receivable 11.804 GHz, V are not
carrying RAI Uno/RAI Due any more. New trial channels are expected soon.

(Info kindly submitted by E.Rmaili via SATCO-DX)

SAT-MIDEAST Intern, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
The SAT-MidEast www.site on Sat-Net.com has been partial re-newed,
updated and some pages made smaller for faster download. The latest
archive info's will be updated coming Thursday-Friday.

Best regards,

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