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N° 41–2001: Countdown continues for ESA's Artemis satellite

6 July 2001

Follow the launch from various ESA establishments and on the ESA website

Only a few days remain before an Ariane 5 launches Artemis, ESA's advanced telecommunication satellite, into orbit. Final preparations at Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, are progressing smoothly for a launch on 12 July, with a 93-minute launch window starting at 18 :58 Kourou time (23 :58 CEST).

Artemis, built under the prime contractorship of Alenia Spazio, Italy, will test and operate new telecommunication technologies in satellite navigation, mobile communication services and inter-satellite data relay. The spacecraft is designed for voice and data communications between mobile terminals (mainly for cars, trucks and trains of boats), broadcasting accurate navigation information as an element of Europe's EGNOS and sending high-speed data communications directly between satellites.

Media representatives in Europe can follow the launch from ESA/ESRIN in Frascati (Italy), acting as the main European press centre, ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk (the Netherlands), ESA/ESOC in Darmstadt (Germany), ESA/VILSPA in Villafranca, Madrid (Spain), and Arianespace in Evry (France). At each site the live transmission of the launch can be followed and ESA specialists will be available for interviews.

Doors open at 23 :00 and the event will end around 01 :00 (live videotransmission from 23 :38 to 00 :50). Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to complete the attached reply form and fax it back to the Communication Office at the ESA establishment of their choice.

For broadcasters the transmission of video material is planned as follows :

· Wednesday 11 July, 11:00 GMT/13:00 CEST: Artemis launch Video News Release with 15 minutes of pre-launch background footage

· Thursday 12 July, 14:00 GMT (TBC): Images of final Artemis launch preparations in Kourou, and roll-out of Ariane 5 to launch pad

· Friday 13 July, 04:30 GMT and 06:00 GMT : Artemis launch highlights with images from Kourou and the Artemis control centre in Fucino, Italy.

All transmissions will be on Eutelsat W1, transponder B5, horizontal, digital channel 1 (MPEG-2, 4:2:0), 11.144 MHz, 5.632 MS/sec, FEC ¾. Before downlinking, check http://television.esa.int for any last-minute changes. The launch highlights will be replayed, on 13 July, by Europe by Satellite. For further details, see : http://europa.eu.int/comm/ebs/index.html

You can also follow the progress of the launch campaign, and then watch the launch live at :

www.esa.int/artemislaunch

The launch video streaming will start at 23 :30. Video highlights will be available on request for a few days afterwards.

Germany:

Location: ESA/ ESOC

Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany

Opening hours: 23 :00 to 01 :00

Contact point: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

Tel. + 49 6151 90 2696/ 2459

Fax. + 49 6151 90 2961

The Netherlands

Location: Space Expo

Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Opening hours: 23 :00 to 01 :00

Contact point: Heidi Graf

Tel. : + 31 71 565 3006

Fax.: + 31 71 565 5728

Info line : +31 71 565 8016

During launch evening : +31 71 6364 448

Italy

Location: ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via G. Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy

Opening hours: 21 :00 to 01 :00

Contact point: Franca Morgia

Tel. + 39 06 9418 0951

Fax. +39 06 9418 0952

Spain: Location : ESA/VILSPA Satellite Station

Address: Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid

Opening hours: 23 :00 to 01 :00

Contact point: Monica Oerke

Tel + 34 91 813 1327

Fax. +34 91 813 1219

France :

Location : Arianespace

Address : Boulevard de l'Europe, 91006 Evry

Opening hours : 23 :00-01 :00

Contact point : Odile Laborie

Tel : +33.(0)1.60.87.60.13

Fax : +33.(0)1.60.87.63.04

ARTEMIS LAUNCH ACCREDITATION FORM- Launch on 12 July 2001

First name: _________________ Surname : ___________________

Media : _________________________________________________

Address : _________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

Tel : ___________________ Fax : _______________________

Mobile : ___________________ e-mail : ____________________

I will be attending the Artemis launch event on 12 July at the following site:

[ ] Germany:

Location: ESA/ ESOC

Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany

Opening hours:

Contact point: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

Tel. + 49 6151 90 2696/ 2459

Fax. + 49 6151 90 2961

[ ]The Netherlands

Location: Space Expo

Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk, Holland

Opening hours: 23 :00-01 to 01 :00

Contact point: Heidi Graf

Tel. : + 31 71 565 3006

Fax. + 31 71 565 5728

Info line : +31 71 565 8016

During launch evening : +31 71 6364 448

[ ] Italy

Location: ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via G. Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy

Opening hours: 21 :00 to 01 :00

Contact point: Franca Morgia

Tel. + 39 06 9418 0951

Fax. +39 06 9418 0952

[ ] Spain:

Location ESA/VILSPA Satellite Station

Address: Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid

Opening hours: 23 :00-01 :00

Contact point: Monica Oerke

Tel. + 34 91 813 1211

Fax. +34 91 813 1212

[ ]France :

Location : Arianespace

Address : Boulevard de l'Europe, 91006 Evry

Opening hours : 23 :00 to 01 :00

Contact point : Odile Laborie

Tel : +33.(0)1.60.87.6013

Fax : +33.(0)1.60.87.6304

Please complete the form and fax it back to the site of your choice.

For further information:

Media Relations Office
Tel: +33(0)1.53.69.71.55
Fax: +33(0)1.53.69.76.90



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