NASA TV goes digital by satellite

NASA TV is moving from a single analog television channel to multiple digital channels via satellite.

'We're in transition, and it will probably take up to a year,' said Fred Brown, executive producer of NASA TV, which runs a 24-hour programming schedule including video feeds from the International Space Station.

The space agency eventually will transmit four channels over a single satellite transponder from Americom Government Services Inc. of Princeton, N.J.

'NASA will deliver the signal to us in digital form,' Americom senior account executive Larry Wheeler said. 'The plan is to aggregate signals from different sources and run it into Goddard [Space Flight Center in Maryland], where we have an Earth station facility.'

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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