Paolo Nespoli VITA Mission Launch LIVE

Fri, Jul 28, 2017 | 14:45 - 00:20 GMT | 16:45 - 02:20 CEST

ESA TV Live – 16:9

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will fly for the third time to the International Space Station this 28 July on a Soyuz capsule with crewmates Russian cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky and US astronaut Randy Bresnik.

His mission, called VITA, is part of a barter agreement between NASA and Italy’s ASI space agency involving ESA astronauts.

Lift of is scheduled at 15h41 GMT / 21h41 Baikonur Time

and assuming a 4 orbit rendez-vous with ISS :

Docking to ISS is scheduled at 22h03 GMT (28 July) /04h03 Baikonur Time (29 July)

Hatch Opening at 00h00 GMT (28 July) / 06h00 Baikonur Time (29 July)

Live Transmission times (GMT) as follows:

28 July:

Launch : 1445-1630 GMT (test signal up at 1415GMT). It will include B-roll feeds of crew arrival and preparation in Baikonur and of the launch-day activities with crew suit-up, walk-out and last wave as they board the launcher.

Docking: 2115-2210 GMT

Hatch-opening/welcome ceremony: 2300-0010 GMT

All transmissions will be carried on ESA web and highlights will be posted to the ESA TV ftp server as soon as possible at:

 Login: esa
Password: ftp4esa

 The following footage has been/will be posted on the above server:
 - Final qualification at Star City/Kremlin visit/departure for Baikonur
 - Arrival at Baikonur/flag raising/1st+2nd fit-checks - 24 Jul
- Soyuz integration/roll-out to pad/interviews with mission management - 26 Jul
- State Commission/last press conf - 27 Jul

More information at:
Satellite Parameters

Eutelsat 7B @ 7deg East  Transponder: F6 Channel: H (9MHz)
D/link Fr: 12739.83MHz Polarisation: Y/vertical
Signal: 1080/50 MPEG4 4:2:0 (H264) clear
 SR: 7200 FEC: 3/4 Mod: DVBS2/8PSK
 Pilot: On Roll-off: 0.2 DR: 21.503
 Audio 1: Commentary
Audio 2: International audio

For any inquiries regarding satellite or ftp reception please contact the ESA TV production team:
 Dominique Detain at  / tel + 33 685 114 681
Chris Courtenay Taylor at / tel + 44 7774 275 951