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ESA TV satellite coverage Cervantes Mission

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Follow the launch, docking and ingress of the Cervantes Mission live via digital satellite.

The ESA Television Service will make use of an Astra transponder as well as the "classical" Eutelsat 10-degree West transponder. You can follow the transmission from your home, provided you have a digital satellite receiver and a satellite antenna pointed to Astra. The transmission can be received on Astra with a normal consumer satellite reception equipment - provided it is able to receive digital transmissions.

Transmission details

Primary satellite path:
Astra 2C at 19 degrees East
Transponder 57, horizontal, MPEG-2, MCPC
Frequency 10832 MHz, Symbol Rate 22000 MS/sec, FEC=5/6

Service name: 'ESA' – please select this on your digital receiver.

Secondary satellite path:
Eutelsat W1 at 10 degrees east
Transponder B5, horizontal, channel C (SCPC, DVB)
F=11.153 MHz, SR=5.632 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

On this channel, colour bars with a superimposed ESA logo will be transmitted from three days before the launch (15 October at 06:00 CET), until the start of the live launch transmission. An audio tone (1 KHz, -9 dB) will also be transmitted during this period.

Transmission schedule

18 October: Launch
07:00 CEST Start of mixed launch programme from Moscow
07:37 CEST Live televised launch programme
08:00 CEST End of transmission

20 October: Docking and ingress
09:00 – 09:30 CEST LIVE docking coverage
(estimated docking time 09:17 CEST)

12:00 - 12:45 CEST LIVE Cervantes crew entering ISS
(estimated entry time 12:14 CEST)

13:00 – 13:15 CEST Docking and entry highlights B roll
13:15 End of transmission

Further information

The complete programme of ESA TV transmissions is available on