Re: Shuttle Re-entry/NASA TV

John locker (satcom@cybase.co.uk)
Tue, 28 Dec 1999 07:19:29 -0000

Hi,

There have been a few comments on other lists too about NTV delays ,
however here in the UK I was monitoring a digital feed of NASA TV via an
Atlantic satellite ,and apart form  about a 1 second delay due to
processing , the landing sequence was shown live.
In fact I have managed to get about 40 hours video of live coverage of STS
103 this time around , via the Atlantic NSS K satellite.

Full details about reception parameters on request.

Best wishes,

John.


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> From: Dale Ireland <direland@drdale.com>
> To: Jake Rees <jrburca@worldnet.att.net>; SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
> Cc: srogers@atoutcome.com
> Subject: Re: Shuttle Re-entry
> Date: 28 December 1999 05:59
> 
> Was the regular NASA TV broadcast 40 minutes behind real time also or
> was it just the webcast?
> We can't get NASA TV direct from the satellite up here in the far
> northwest since they moved it to a satellite way out over the Atlantic
> to give some western Europe viewers a shot, and cut out the US taxpayers
> who pay the bill out in the NW U.S.
> Dale Ireland
> 47.7N 122.7W
> Astronomy Page http://www.drdale.com
> Comets, Satellites, Eclipses, Photography, Fabrications
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jake Rees" <jrburca@worldnet.att.net>
> To: <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
> Cc: <srogers@atoutcome.com>
> Sent: Monday, December 27, 1999 9:10 PM
> Subject: Re: Shuttle Re-entry
> 
> 
> >
> > Steve Rogers wrote:
> > <Yes, there's some sort of built in delay. I missed it because of that
> . . .
> > >
> >
> > The NASA-TV tracking map for STS-103 being 45 min. behind real time
> reminds
> > me of how I became motivated to get more involved with satellite
> tracking.
> > It related to NASA-TV but in a negative way.  In 1995, I had
> downloaded the
> > tracking program STS Plus from the JPL BBS.  Not being a whiz with
> computer
> > programs, I wasn't sure how to set it up and run it.  I had been
> interested
> > enough to download it but too lazy or not motivated enough to get
> involved
> > in learning to run it.  I had access to NASA-TV via the big satellite
> dish
> > system.  Once during a Shuttle mission, I noticed, because of the
> tracking
> > map on NASA-TV, that the Shuttle was in transit acoss the Pacific and
> it
> > appeared that it would make a visible pass over southern California.
> So I
> > planned to monitor its progress and then when it got close to the
> coast, I
> > would go out and look.  Great!  One problem though.  Whoever was
> controlling
> > the images on NASA-TV had decided not to put the map on screen.
> Instead
> > they aired a wide shot of the mission control room from the front.  It
> was
> > just people sitting at their consoles.  Nothing was going on.  They
> never
> > showed the map again until the Shuttle was somewhere past California.
> This
> > aggravated me to no end.  I found a site on the web to send feedback
> to NASA
> > and wrote a complaint to the director of NASA-TV.  Of course, I never
> > received any response.
> >
> > At this point, I was extremely motivated to be able to do my own
> tracking
> > and not be dependent on NASA-TV.  So, I buried myself into the STS
> Plus
> > tracking program until I had it mastered.   I have NASA-TV to thank
> for my
> > motivation.
> >
> > Now I can always track the STS missions on STS Plus in real time along
> with
> > watching NASA-TV.  If they choose not to show the tracking map or have
> some
> > error in it, no big deal.  I've got it on my STS Plus display.
> >
> > -- Jake Rees
> >     Burbank, California
> >
> >
> >
> >
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