N 62-95 - Paris, 30 November 1995

SOHO launch campaign - Videotransmission on Saturday 2 December 1995

ESA's S0H0* satellite is being readied for launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in the early morning of 2 December 1995. The launch window opens at 02h34 a.m. (Florida time), 07h34 a.m. GMT, 08h34 a.m. CET (Paris time) and remains open for 91 minutes.

ESA has arranged for a live satellite link to Europe to follow the NASA Select television transmission covering this event of which the technical details are as follows :

Saturday 2nd December 1995

Time: 06h50 - 11h00 GMT
07h50 - 12h00 CET (Paris time)
01h50 - 06h00 Florida

Satellite: Intelsat K -V6 Lower Commercial Analogue
Downlink Frequency 11531.5 MHz - 338.5 E /21.5 W
Downlink Polarity - Vertical. Transmission will be uncoded and in PAL.

Media representatives are invited to follow the launch as from 08h00 a.m. on 2nd December at one of the ESA Establishments where project staff and/or SOHO scientists will be available for interviews.

Please return the attached reply form by fax to ESA HQ, ESTEC or ESOC. for ESA HQ : before leaving home, please check countdown status on recorded message :
+ 33.1.

* SOHO (SOlar Heliospheric Observatory) is a project of International cooperation between ESA and NASA