Sat-UK: Report #31 - 3.5.97

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Report #31


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And now the news:

---------- THOR 2  [some information taken from SATCODX]
Thor 2, the latest Scandinavian satellite, which is to be positioned at
0,8w, should hopefully be launched on May 11. Thor 2 will be launched on
a Delta launch vehicle. The launch window is from 23.40-00.26 BST on the
night between the 11th and 12th, but if this window passes without a
launch, two further windows are available, 01.11-01.12 BST and
01.53-02.47 BST.
Thor 2 will be broadcasting mainly to Scandinavia, but transmission will
be viewable from the UK and Germany. Beacuse Thor 2 has a much stronger
beam than Thor, viewers in the UK will only need a 1,5m dish, not the
prerequired 2,5m! Transmissions should be in PAL and D2MAC, although the
most part is reserved for Nethold/Multichoice's new digital package,
currently transmitted in MPEG-2 on Astra 1E/1F, which will undoubtedly
take the new name of Canal Plus Scandinavia or some such title. The Thor
2 transponder layout has been added to the Thor frequency listings, at
http://www.sat-net.com/sat-uk/sats/thor.html .

---------- UPDATES
The following satellites have got the new layout:
Thor 2
The following satellites are due for the new layout:
- DFS Kopernikus 2
- DFS Kopernikus 3
- Astra 1E/1F

Astra 1A: Evosonic FM has started on 11,391 H, 7,74:7,92 (tp13)
Eutelsat II-F1: The ABSat package on 12,521 H has restarted, unencrypted
Eutelsat HotBird 2: The Rai Uno and Rai Due test channels in the RAI
package on 11,804 V have ceased
Astra 1A: Evosonic FM has a homepage at http://www.evosonic.de/

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