SAT-MidEast 98.01.16

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According to the Kuwait-based Al-Watan newspaper, there are plans for a
new Dubai, UAE based satellite TV channel to be launched in June 1998.
It will be operated by a Kuwaiti company and have its administration
offices there. The company, with shareholders from all six Gulf
Co-operation Council states, will reportedly co-operate "with an
American company specialising in satellite television."

Intelsat 9xx series, http://www.ssloral.com/
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications
Ltd., has been awarded a contract to build two additional high-power
satellites for the International Telecommunications Satellite
Organisation (Intelsat).

Under the terms of the contract, SS/L will build and deliver Intelsat
and 904 in March and July, 2001, respectively. The satellites, to be
launched aboard Ariane launch vehicles, will provide voice/data and
video service over the Atlantic Ocean Region (AOR) at 24.5 resp. 34.5
West, providing services to North America, South America, Europe,
Africa, Greenland and Iceland.

Intelsat 901 and 902 are currently under construction by SS/L and are
scheduled to be delivered in the summer and late fall of 2000,
respectively. They will provide service over the Indian Ocean Region
(IOR) at 60 resp. 62 East.
Each of the four satellites in the Intelsat IX series being built by
SS/L will operate 44 transponders in the C-band and 12 transponders in
the Ku-band. The satellites will carry a significantly greater
percentage of high-power amplifiers and solar array power than any
previous Intelsat series. The satellites, based on Space Systems/Loral's
standard three-axis spacecraft, will have a mission life in excess of 13
SS/L has been the prime contractor on several previous Intelsat programs
including Intelsat V, Intelsat VII, and Intelsat VIIA.

LAUNCH INFORMATION, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
Bonum 1 is scheduled to launch with Delta on 19 November 1998.
(G Bregar)
Arianespace, of Evry, France, plans to finalize the purchase of 50
additional Ariane 5 launch vehicles from European industry during the
first quarter of 1998. This procurement was announced officially by
Arianespace's chairman & CEO, Jean-Marie Luton, during the company's
traditional new year press conference, in Paris, France, on January 7.

A first batch of 20 vehicles will be ordered for launches in 2001 and
2002. Arianespace already ordered 14 vehicles in June 1995, the first of
which was sold to the European Space Agency for the third qualification
flight (503) now expected in June.

Arianespace's first commercial launch (504) is scheduled late this year.
Under current plans, the Ariane 5 launch rate will then grow from 5
flights per year to 10 in 2001 with studies for a possible extension to
14 launches per year later.

Arianespace also plans to launch 10 Ariane 4s in 1998.

For this new procurement, Arianespace negotiated a 50% reduction of
production costs. Most of the launchers purchased should include
improvements from the Performance 2000 and Ariane 5 Evolution programs
which will allow to increase the dual launch performance to
geostationary transfer orbits from 5,900 to 7,000 and 7,400 kg

To support the necessary investments to increase Ariane 5's launch rate,
introduce these improvements and maintain the production of Ariane 4s in
parallel through 2003, Arianespace's current shareholders will be
invited to increase the company's capital by about FRF 1 billion (about
US$ 170 million).

Mr. Luton also unveiled that a major launch contract for constellations
will be announced in February by Starsem, of Suresnes, France, a
joint-venture of Aerospatiale, the Russian Space Agency (RKA), the
Samara Space Center and Aerospatiale, which markets launch services on
Soyuz vehicles from Baykonur, Kazakhstan.
On 12 January, CNBC merged with EBN and ABN, to create a common business
channel called "CNBC".

In Asia, CNBC and ABN merged on 2 February, and is called "CNBC Asia
Business News". After a few months, it is to be named just "CNBC".
(Martyn Williams)

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai78.shtml
Thai TV 5 Global Network on 3.480 GHz, H and 3.640 GHz, H, PIDs resp.
0202{514}/0288{648} and 0203{515}/028C{652} have been replaced by colour

APSTAR 2R, 76.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/apstar2r.shtml
The AXN tests are back on 3.920 GHz, H, MPEG-2/coded, SR 28340, FEC 7/8.
PIDs for the package:
	0488{1160}/0460{1120}: AXN Taiwan
	04EC{1260}/04C4{1220}: AXN Asia
	0550{1360}/0528{1320}: Channel 1 tests
	05B4{1460}/058C{1420}: Channel 2 tests

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.shtml
ATN - Asia TV Network left again 4.155 GHz, H at 16:00 CAT, presumably
now for good.

There have been several changes in the Multichoice Africa package on C
band. For the current line-up, see the SATCO-DX chart.

INTELSAT 704, 66 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i704.shtml
CFI Pro 1 cancelled the fillers of Fashion TV on 4.055 GHz, R, PIDs
00DC{220}/00E6{230}. CFI promos are transmitted instead.

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.shtml
January 16th, Fox Sports World replaced Star Sports on 11.075 GHz, V
(channel 26) in the Orbit Network.

INTELSAT 804, 64 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i804.shtml
During testing at 44 East further test carriers could be seen on 11.075,
11.136, 11.518 and 11.638 GHz, H.

TURKSAT 1B, 31 East, http://www.satcodx.com/turk1b.shtml
Georgian TV has started on 11.057 GHz, V, MPEG-2, SR 13240, FEC 3/4,
Turkish beam.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/arab2a.shtml
TV 5 started test transmissions on 24 January.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.shtml
E-TV (Ankara) is testing on 11.048 GHz, V, MPEG-2/clear, SR 3100, FEC
7/8, PIDs 0021{33}/0022{34}.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.shtml
ScreenShop has started on 11.304 Ghz, H, PAL/clear, 6,60/7,02 English,
7,20 German, 02:00-11:00 CAT.

Thai TV 5 Global Network returned on 11.248 GHz, H, MPEG-2/clear, SR
5632, FEC 3/4, new PIDs: 1062{4194}/1065{4197}, now with audio !

Due to the merger of CNBC and EBN, CNBC Europe is now on 11.265 GHz, H,

Nasza TV promos (previous on 11.414 GHz, H) are now encrypted on 11.331
GHz, H, SR 6110, FEC 3/4, PIDs 0021{33}/0022{34}.

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.shtml
The audio subcarriers on 11.785 GHz, H, at 7.02 & 7.38 MHz have been
tested today by RNE Radio Clasica.

SCT - Satisfaction Channel TV returned to 11.977 GHz, H, PAL/Ping Pong,
ca: 01:00-05:00 CAT, but dissapeared again after only a few days of

Three ART test dias are on 12.015 GHz, H, MPEG-2/clear, as part of the
Arabesque package. PIDs: 00A7{167}/006C{108}, 00A8{168}/0070{112} and

HOT BIRD 3, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb3.shtml
Occasional digital feeds observed on 12.380 GHz, V, PIDs

Several new channel have started in the Multichoice Hellas package on
12.169 GHz, H, MPEG-2/IRDETO, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, line-up:
	0200{512}/028A{650}: Promotional
	0201{513}/0294{660}: K-TV/SuperSport Hellas
	0202{514}/029E{670}: BBC World
	0203{515}/02A8{680}: Promotional
	0204{516}/02B2{690}: Star
	0205{517}/02BC{700}: Animal Planet
	0206{518}/02C6{710}: MAD TV
	0207{519}/02D0{720}: SKAI
	0208{520}/02DA{730}: Canali 5

EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.shtml
Cyprus Sat will leave 11.141 GHz, H, on 31 March, and then only be
available on Sirius 2, 5 East, on transponder 29, at 12.265 GHz, H,
European beam.
(C Lyngemark, source: on-screen message)

SIRIUS 2, 5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/sirius.shtml
SVT Europa on MPEG-2 on 12.380 GHz, H, European beam, is now encrypted
in Viaccess.

Satellite Festival, by TESUG TV UK, started testing on 12.226 GHz, H,
PAL/clear, 6.50/7.02:7.20 MHz, on the European beam. 
This has been only a temporary transmission.

>From 16 January until 02:00 CAT on 19 January, a special satellite
feature program was transmitted on this transponder, European beam.
Features have been aired 11:00-23:00 CAT on Saturday and Sunday, with
in-vision radio overnight.

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.shtml
TV 5 Afrique will leave Intelsat 707 towards the end of February.
Egyptian Nile TV and Deutsche Welle TV will leave later and then join
TV5's new African targetted transmissions from Intelsat 803 at 21.5

INTELSAT 803, 21.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i803.shtml
At 18:25 CAT, Canal+ Horizons started on 4.060 GHz, R, PAL/Nagravision,
with audio on 6.60 MHz, East Hemi beam. The programme has several
uncoded windows throughout the day.

INTELSAT 605, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i605.shtml
CFI Pro 1 cancelled the fillers of Fashion TV on 3.766 GHz, R, PIDs
00DC{220}/00E6{230}. CFI promos are transmitted instead.

CFI Afrique started today on 3.935 GHz, R, MPEG-2/clear, SR 8448, FEC
1/2, PIDs 02D1{721}/02DB{731}, around 10 dB lower than nominal EIRP.

Best regards,

Henk C. Room / Sat-MidEast / Cairo - Egypt
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