Astra obs.....SES responds

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Tue Mar 09 2004 - 17:56:30 EST

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    Following the release of the Astra eclipse animation , I was contacted by a
    member of staff from SES /Astra , who very kindly corrected my still image
    identifying the spacecraft prior to going into shadow.
    
    Based on timings provided by Nova for Windows , I came up with the following
    : http://www.satcom.freeserve.co.uk/astralabel.jpg
    
     Hugues Laroche , from the Betzdorf control centre advised that they (SES)
    had considered imaging the satellites themselves last night , but weather
    conditions were not favourable.He cross checked he position of the birds ,
    centred on Winchester UK , and according to them the actual positions ,
    according I presume to command and control parameters , were
    http://www.satcom.freeserve.co.uk/SESlabel.jpg
    
    So , I think I can say  with some degree of certainty , that , thanks to
    Hugues , the latter image is correct  :O)
    
    Regards,
    
    John.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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