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SmallGeo Hispasat Live launch

Date: Sat, Jan 28, 2017 | 00:20 - 02:40 GMT | 01:20 - 03:40 CET

Type: ESA TV Live

Format: 16:9

Europe’s new versatile small geostationary platform will be launched on its maiden flight in the early hours of 28 January on a Soyuz rocket.

SmallGEO is carrying Hispasat’s Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications payload, which marks the first partnership between ESA and a Spanish operator and will provide flight heritage to OHB System AG’s platform.

It is the first telecommunications satellite to be developed, integrated and tested in Germany for more than a quarter of a century.

The launch will also be the first time a Soyuz has lifted a telecom satellite of more than 3 tonnes to geostationary transfer orbit from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Liftoff is scheduled for 01:03 GMT on 28 January (02:03 CET, 22:03 on 27 January local time).

The satellite’s destination is a geostationary position at 36°W, where it will provide broadband coverage across Europe, the Canary Islands and the Americas.

The SmallGEO platform and Hispasat 36W-1 mission were developed under ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme, which transforms research and development investments into commercial products. This helps to secure the future success of Europe and Canada in the highly competitive global satcom market.

SmallGeo Video News Release is available at or via "All transmissions" button on this site.

The launch will be transmitted via satellite and also streamed live and linked from the ESA website.

More information at:

Satellite Parameters:

Eutelsat 7B @ 7deg East
D/link fr.: 10958.5 MHz POL Y
Signal: HD 1080i/50 MPEG4/H264 4:2:0 
SR: 4.9373 Ms/s FEC 3/4 POL DVBS2/8PSK
Pilot:On Roll-off 0.2 DR:10.7514 Mbps
Audio 1 Eng mono
Audio 2 Fr mono
Audios 3/4 N/A

For any inquiries regarding satellite or ftp reception please contact the ESA TV production team:
 Dominique Detain at  / tel + 33 685 114 681
Chris Courtenay Taylor at / tel + 44 7774 275 951