23 September 2003
Follow the SMART-1 launch from an ESA or Arianespace establishment.
During the night of Saturday 27/Sunday 28 September, ESA’s SMART-1 satellite will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s spaceport at Kourou at 20:02 hrs local time (01:02 hrs Central European Summer Time, 23:02 hrs GMT).
SMART-1 is the first of a series of ‘Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology’ designed to test key technologies for future spacecraft. It is Europe’s first mission to the Moon. Among the new technologies to be tested is the solar-electric propulsion which will power the spacecraft to its target. SMART-1 will help solve such questions as how the Moon came into being and whether there is water there.
Media representatives in Europe can follow the launch and initial orbital operations at ESA/Darmstadt (ESOC) in Germany, which will be acting as the main European press centre, ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) in the Netherlands or ESA/Frascati (ESRIN) in Italy. At each site ESA specialists will be available for interviews.
Media representatives wishing to attend are asked to complete the attached reply form and fax it to the Communication Office at the establishment of their choice.
The ESA TV Service will provide live televised coverage of the launch and initial orbital operations with English commentary, between 00:40 and 02:00 CEST.
Satellite: Astra 2C at 19 degrees East
Transponder 57, horizontal, MPEG-2, MCPC
Reception frequency: 10832 MHz
Symbol rate: 22000 MS/sec
Service name: ESA
Details of the transmission schedule and the various pre-launch Video News Releases can be found on http://television.esa.int.
On the ESA SMART-1 special website at: http://www.esa.int/smart1 you can also find news, press releases, videos, images and more about the mission.
For further information, please contact:
ESA Media Relations Service
SMART-1 LAUNCH ACCREDITATION FORM
Launch on Saturday 27 September 2003
First Name : _________________ Surname : _______________
Tel : _________________ Fax : __________________________
Mobile : _______________ e-mail_________________________
I will be attending the SMART-1 launch event at the following site:
Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany
Opening hours: 20.30-02.00 hrs
Contact: Bernhard von Weyhe
Tel:+49 6151 90 2861 - Fax: +49 6151 90 2961
Info line: +49 - 6151 - 90 26 09
[ ] The Netherlands
Location : Space Expo, visitors’ centre at ESA/ESTEC
Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Opening hours: 20.00-02.00 hrs
Contact: Michel van Baal
Tel:+31 71 565 3006 - Tel: +31 71 36 46 446 during launch event (Space Expo) - Fax: +31 71 565 5728
Info line: +31. 71 565 8016
Address: Via G. Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy
Opening hours: 23:00 – 02.00hrs
Contact: Franca Morgia,
Tel:+39.06.9418.0951 - Fax:+39.06.9418.0952
[ ] France
Address: Boulevard de l’Europe, 91006 Evry
Opening hours: 00.10 - 02.00 hrs
Tel:+33.(0)220.127.116.11.07 - Fax:+33.(0)1.60.8763.04
Please complete the form and fax it to the site of your choice.
For further information: