Sat-ND, 16.6.96

Sat-ND 96-06-16 - Satellite and Media News

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Easy does it
While there still seems a bit of work to be done with Ariane 5, the
classical Ariane 4 completed its 17th successful flight in a row. INTELSAT
709 was launched last Saturday on Ariane flight 87m, using the 44-LP model
with four solid-propellant strap-on boosters. Following the successful
flight, INTELSAT launch manager Terry Edwards told reporters that "in
terms of general concept, design and inflight qualification Ariane-4 is
reliable." Arianespace Senior Vice President for Technical and Industrial
Affairs Claude Quievre announced that in order to meet customers' needs,
"we will be launching a total of 27 more Ariane 4s by the year 2000, as
well as 12 Ariane 5s, once this new launcher is qualified."
INTELSAT 709, the 13th INTELSAT put into orbit by an Ariane rocket, will
replace INTELSAT 515 at 18W. 515 will be shifted to 21.3W, replacing
INTELSAT 512 that will be relocated to 40.5W. INTELSAT 502 which is now
at that position will probably be de-orbited.
INTELSAT 709 has 26 C-band and 10 Ku-band transponders on board that will
be used to transmit three TV channels and  90,000 simultaneous telephone
circuits. The new satellite is expected to stay operational for 15 years.
Arianespace is slated to launch four more Intelsat satellites in the
coming years. The next launch is scheduled for July 9, 1996. An Ariane 44L
launch vehicle will place into orbit two telecommunications satellites
built by France's Aérospatiale: ARABSAT 2A for the Arab League, and
TÜRKSAT 1C for the Turkish PTT.

So far, Hughes has established some business in Brazil. The company will,
together with Embratel, build BRASILSAT satellites; it carries the digital
TV package by Brazilian company Abril on one of its GALAXY satellites; and
it is involved in VSAT services for banking customers in that region. But
Hughes Networks Systems is still looking for a partner to introduce its
satellite-based data transmission and Internet access service DirecPC in
Brazil. The company said it needed "local partners to create a customer
basis". Do you know any?

All things must pass
According to press reports, Germany's first commercial news radio
RadioRopa Info may close down soon. The station itself did not deny those
speculations so far -- on the contrary. RadioRopa presenter Manfred Böhm
mentioned such press reports in his "Radiotreff" show last Friday and said
he had been unable to get a statement from the company who runs the
station. "Radiotreff" is a weekly show covering media, broadcast and
technical issues. Should RadioRopa Info still be on air next Friday, the
show can be heard at 2300 CEST.
RadioRopa Info was launched on October 3, 1990 but failed to gain
significant distribution. It is available on ASTRA in digital ADR format,
on longwave 261 kHz and some local FM stations in Germany, Austria and
Italy. Programming consists mainly of news, while many feature broadcasts
are taken over from a number of international stations such as YLE
Finland, Radio France International, Radio Japan, Radio Vlaanderen, Radio
Sweden and even Deutsche Welle (which isn't supposed to be listened to in
Germany due to legal restrictions). (Jürgen Krauss/pck)

Good day ***shine
What do you think of when you hear the word "windows"? Is it an operating
system for computers of just something to look through? Both, of course.
But so far, Microsoft Bill Gates doesn't seem to mind. It's different with
Sun Microsystems who have developed a computer language called Java. Not a
smart choice, because most English-speaking people think of coffee when
they hear the word. Of course, this leads to confusion. Sun has warned
about a dozen companies to stop using the word Java in their Internet
addresses, claiming that the company has trademarked all kinds of
composite words with "Java" in it like Javasoft, Javastation, and
Javaworld  you get the idea.
This is of course okay should somebody try to exploit the popularity of
Sun's computer language for his own purposes. But actually, some of the
companies warned by Sun just try to sell coffee. And what if the island
called Java should want to attract potential tourists with a Web site of
their own? "We would not go after that," Anne Gundelfinger, associate
general counsel for Sun, generously stated. Next, one must expect Sun
Microsystems to trademark composite words containing "Sun", such as

Thanks to our contributor  
Juergen Krauss: jkrauss@arcos.de

Copyright 1996 by Peter C. Klanowski, pck@LyNet.De. All rights reserved.

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