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Nachrichten vom 13. Mai 1996

Loral To Start Their Own Satellites in 1999
Space Systems/Loral has already built many satellites for
organisations and companies such as INTELSAT, PAS, TELSTAR, and GOES.
From 1999, they'll be running their own satellites. Loral has now
received approval from the US media authority FCC to build and launch
three satellites for Loral Space & Communications Ltd.., who want to
provide the USA (including Hawaii and Alaska,) Puerto Rico and the
Virgin Islands mainly with digital TV, data and voice transmission
services. Two of the orbital spacecraft, simply named LORALSAT, will
be positioned on 77 and 129 degrees West respectively; the third one
remains on ground as a spare. Services are due to begin in 2000. Each
satellite has a total number of 56 (fifty-six) transponders on board,
32 of which will operate on the Ku band with a power of 110 watt each.
The other 24 transponders, 20 watt each, use the C band. Operational
lifetime is expected to be twelve years. Loral estimates the cost for
design and construction of is own satellite fleet at US$250 million.
http://ssloral.com/

PALAPA C2: Linking Up 17,000 Islands With 56 Transponders The Western
European consortium Arianespace will launch two telecommunications
satellites for Israel and Indonesia on May 15, 01.23 GMT. We already
had some details on AMOS 1, one of the satellites involved, in Sat-ND
on May 6. While this home-built Israeli spacecraft has just seven
active transponders on board, the Indonesian PALAPA C2 is of a
somewhat heavier calibre. Built by Hughes Space and Communications
Co. Of Los Angeles and based on their standard HS 601 platform, the
satellite uses 30 C band and 4 Ku band transponders. They will
operate at 21.5 to 26 watt in the C band, and 135 watt in the Ku
band. PALAPA C2 will replace C1 on 113 degrees East which will be
moved to 150.5. degrees East.
By the way: Palapa is the Indonesian word for unity. What better word
could there be for a satellite systems that links the country's
17.000 islands? http://www.hughespace.com/601prods.html

Japan Wants to Cut Costs for H2 Launches
Japan wants to join the club of commercial satellite launchers. Their
H2 rocket, which is already working, will be modified by 2000 with a
view on making launches economically viable. Right now, orbiting a
two-ton satellite with the H2 still costs twice as much as using
European or American launchers. Thus, the governmental Commission on
Space Research wants to put on a much cheaper version of the rocket
called H2A by the year 2000 that should be produced at a price of 8.5
billion instead of 19 billion. Nonetheless, 65 billion will have to
be invested to achieve the goal.

Neues Leben auf  verwaisten Unterträgern
Auf den ehemals von Veronica Nieuwsradio auf ASTRA 1D (19,2 Grad Ost)
genutzten Tonunterträgern 7,74/7,92 MHz ist inzwischen ein
Nonstop-Musikprogramm zu hören. Bisher konnte nach der Abschaltung am
späten Freitagabend nur ein Signalton empfangen werden. Gesendet wird
in Stereo hinter Veronica 6 Televisie auf 10,744 GHz h, eine
Stationskennung war bisher nicht auszumachen. (Stefan Hagedorn)

Re. Digital TV on EUTELSAT II-F2 (Sat-ND, 10.-12.5.96)
Kral TV benutzt nicht TP 33, sondern TP 38; es wird die "überflüssige"
Bandbreite von Interstar genutzt. (Holger Zeissler)

Programmtip
Wer wissen will, was ihn im deutschen Fernsehen von den Olympischen
Spielen in Atlanta erwartet, kann am nächsten Sonntag mal das WDR
Fernsehen (ASTRA 1C, 19,2 Grad Ost) einschalten. Dort kann man ab 11
Uhr, leider nur als Aufzeichnung vom Vortag, den technischen Probelauf
für die Übertragungen aus Atlanta erleben. Anlaß ist ein
Leichtathletik-Festival im Olympiastadion, das gleichzeitig offiziell
eröffnet wird. Die Olympischen Spiele kommen erst vom 19.7. bis 4.8.,
dann aber live und in Farbe.


Thanks to our contributors --
Stefan Hagedorn: 100702.350@compuserve.com
Holger Zeissler: Holger.Zeissler@darmstadt.netsurf.de

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