During launch last December, the rocket that was carrying Asiasat-3 malfunctioned, leaving the satellite in an unusable orbit. Hughes scientists and engineers devised a salvage mission using the moon's gravity to reposition the satellite into a usable geosynchronous orbit. So far, it all worked out.
It is the first known lunar mission involving a communications satellite and the first lunar mission financed by a non-governmental entity. HGS-1 had its lunar encounter yesterday, passing the moon at a distance of just 2910 kilometers above its surface. It's now on a three-day return trip to Earth.
Over the next three days, Hughes controllers will prepare the satellite for a retro burn that will slow HGS-1 as it approaches geosynchronous orbit. Controllers are using satellite ground stations, optical telescopes and radar facilities around the world to track the spacecraft.
For updates on the location of HGS-1, check the Hughes Web sites: http://www.hughesglobal.com/ or http://www.hughespace.com/.
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Scientific-Atlanta will provide, install, and commission all RF equipment for transmitting the signals to deliver the multiple channels of programming being distributed using eight transponders on the Orion 3 satellite. The uplink station, located in a Seoul suburb, is scheduled for operation in October 1998. Once the station is operational, Dacom plans to roll out its DBS services throughout South Korea.
Mark Chiknas, director of satellite television network sales, Asia-Pacific region for Scientific-Atlanta said that "The new DBS uplink facility will enable Dacom to deliver increased programming to its viewers and make full use of its Ku-Band transponders on the Orion 3 satellite."
Dacom Corporation is a privately held provider of telecommunications services, and the second largest provider of domestic and international telecommunications services in South Korea.
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RTL 9, a family entertainment channel, was confirmed as the most popular cable and satellite channel in France for the fourth consecutive year by Mediametrie research published on May 5, 1998. According to Mediametrie, RTL 9 captures a 22.7% market share of the cable and satellite channel audience in the homes in which it is available. The channel, which is broadcast from Luxembourg, reaches more than 650,000 homes by terrestrial signal in Luxembourg and France, 2.1 million homes via cable in France and Switzerland, as well as 400,000 subscribers to the TPS direct-to-home (DTH) service via satellite in France.
In 1997, RTL 9 generated FFr106.5 million in revenues, of which FFr66.2 million was derived from the sales of advertising space and FFr40.3 million from fees paid by cable and satellite operators to carry the channel. RTL 9 incurred a net loss of FFr37.9 million in 1997.
Groupe AB is the largest independent producer and distributor of television programming in France. The Company owns or controls fights to over 30,000 hours of programming for French-speaking Europe. Groupe AB, through its wholly owned subsidiary AB Sat also operates a digital DTH service of 20 thematic channels.
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According to the agreement, PAX NET, a Paxson Communications Corporation subsidiary, will use its C-band transponder on GE Americom's GE-1 satellite to provide national distribution for a wide array of family entertainment based programming. Including all pending acquisitions, construction projects, divestitures and other transactions, Paxson will broadcast via a total of 78 television stations in markets reaching more than 72 million U.S. TV households, including stations in each of the top-20 markets as well as 43 of the nation's top-50 markets.
Paxson Communications owns and operates the U.S.' largest group of television stations. Supported by these assets, Paxson will launch PAX NET, the national family entertainment network, on August 31, 1998.
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Each company will have 50% ownership of the new global channel and will utilise original programming from both The Jim Henson Company's and Hallmark Entertainment's library of award-winning family and children's television. As a result of this joint venture, both companies will also produce new programming to be featured on the 24-hour family entertainment channel.
The Kermit Channel will launch in September 1998 throughout Asia and Latin America, with most international affiliates of Hallmark Entertainment's 24-hour global pay television service, Hallmark Entertainment Network, carrying the new channel. The companies threatened the rest of the world that "additional world-wide territory launches will follow."
Hallmark Entertainment Network is a 24-hour pay television service that claims to deliver quality, award-winning, made-for-television movies and miniseries produced by Hallmark Entertainment. Currently distributed in over 50 countries in 14 languages, the network can be visited on the world wide web at http://www.hallmarknetwork.com/. The Jim Henson Company Web site is located at http://www.henson.com/.
Guess what you'll find at http://www.kermit.com/... nothing! It seems to be reserved by one of those companies who make money by securing and reselling domain names. Poor little froggie. Anyway, special thanks to Martyn Williams who forwarded this press release to me.
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Kai Luehmann wrote in to tell me and you that there were
loads of useless facts
Steven Morgan said his TV Palace Web site got unplugged by his ISP and wrote the new URL, as from next weekend, would be http://www.tv-p.demon.co.uk/
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I completely disagree with #2, though--you should see yours truly when he gets out of bed. Good heavens, I can hardly recognise myself when I look at me in the mirror. Scary! Must be some side-effect of editing this so-called newsletter, I guess.
A successful man is one who makes
more money than his wife can spend.
A successful women is one who can find such a man.
Men wake up as good-looking as
they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
A man is a person who will pay two
dollars for a one-dollar item he wants.
A woman will pay one dollar for a two-dollar item that she doesn't want.
To be happy with a man you must
understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot, and not try to understand her at all.
A woman marries a man expecting he
will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change and she does.
Men marry because they are
Women marry because they are curious.
Both are disappointed.
A woman worries about the future
until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
There are two times when a man doesn't understand a woman; before marriage and after marriage.
Married men live longer than
Married men are a lot more willing to die.
Any married man should forget his mistakes--no use two people remembering the same thing.
A woman has the last word in any
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
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