Mars Express/Beagle-2 Separation: pre-event B-roll / ESA TV News / 18-12-2003

Status Report From: ESA Broadcast Centre
Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

18-Dec-03 16:00 - 16:15 GMT
Mars Express/Beagle-2 Separation: pre-event B-roll

Background information on the transmission:

Please note the unusual satellite coordinates below. These will be the same for the live transmissions, on 19 December 2003.

Today's pre-event footage will be recorded on 18 December at ESA's Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, where ground controllers get ready for the ejection of the Beagle-2 lander by the Mars Express orbiter.

The footage will include statements by the Flight Operations Director, Michael McKay, on the status of these critical operations.

Finally, there will be a replay of yesterday's Video News Release "Mars Eexpress ready for Arrival at Mars".

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:Eutelsat W1 at 10 degrees east
Transponder B2, vertical, channel C (SCPC, DVB)
F=10,978.17 MHz, SR=5.632 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

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