SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 1992

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
March 18Ausroc 2 Rocket Engine TestThe 1992 March 14 test firing of the Ausroc 2 engine at Deer Park.
NOTE: Broadcast programme was not recorded. However, one of the audio inserts used survives in two variations.
Listen or download vesrion 1 (20 min 1 s - 18.8 MB)
Listen or download version 2 (11 min 31 s - 10.8 MB)
March 25Optus B1 Launch attemptFrom Sydney and Central China Televison's live broadcast, via Optus Communications, the failed attempt to launch the Optus B1 communications satellite. Description of the Optus B satellites.
Listen or download (9 min 54 s - 9.2 MB)
March 25Optus B1 Launch attemptFrom Central China Televison's live broadcast via Optus Communications, the failed attempt to launch the Optus B1 communications satellite. Recorded by "The Space Show" at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station.
* Listen or download extract (1 min 19 s - 1.0 MB)
* Listen or download full report (22 min 03 s - 20.6 MB)
* Listen or download abort update (0 min 51 s - 0.8 MB)
* Listen or download unbroadcast speeches in English and Chinese (15 min 31 s - 14.5 MB)
March 25Optus B1 Launch attemptInterview with Dick Johnston (Director, Satellite Communications, Optus, Sydney) about Optus B1. Recorded by "The Space Show" at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station.
Listen or download (6 min 6 s - 5.7 MB)
March 25Optus B1 Launch attemptInterview with Bob Mansfield (Manager, Optus Communications, Sydney) about Optus B1. Recorded by "The Space Show" at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station.
Listen or download (6 min 6 s - 5.7 MB)
March 25Optus Company ProfileA profile of the Optus Communications company. Recorded by "The Space Show" at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station.
Listen or download (4 min 59 s - 4.6 MB)
April 1April Fool SpecialA programme of fact, exaggeration and outright lies that was designed by Andrew Rennie and Mark Hillyer to seduce the listener into believing the most outrageous things about satellites and the Mir space station.
This programme was not recorded, but one portion, an interview with "Mrs. Yelena Krikalev", remains. Listen or download interview (3 min 14 s - 3.0 MB)
June 3The Apollo Project (Part One)A feature in which a film maker describes the film shot by the Apollo astronauts.
JuneCometsAn exploration in music and word of comets.
July 15We Came In Peace For All MankindDocumentary on the Apollo 11 mission (Part One).
July 22We Came In Peace For All MankindDocumentary on the Apollo 11 mission (Part Two).
August 12Optus B DevelopmentThe development of the Optus B satellites. Recorded by "The Space Show" at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station.
Listen or download (3 min 40 s - 3.4 MB)
August 12Belrose TourA tour of the Belrose Ground Station with Graem Brown of Optus Communications. Recorded by "The Space Show" at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station.
Listen or download (6 min 43 s - 6.3 MB)
August 19Optus B1 LaunchReplay of the live coverage from Central China Television of the successful launch of the Optus B1 communications satellite. Recorded by "The Space Show" at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station.
* Listen or download launch teaser (1 min 57 s - 1.8 MB)
* Listen or download Introduction to Central China Television broadcast (1 min 23 s - 1.3 MB)
* Listen or download Lieghton Farrell and Bob Mansfield's Preamble to launch (3 min 38 s - 3.4 MB)
* Listen or download Long March's Chief Engineer describe, in Chinese, the preparation of Long March 2E for the Optus B1 launch. (19 min 51 s - 18.6 MB)
* Listen or download explanation of launch window (1 min 36 s - 1.5 MB)
* Listen or download launch commentary (19 min 51 s - 18.6 MB)
September 9China In SpaceBrief history of Chinese involvment in space from the 1950s to the present.
Listen or download (6 min 14 s - 5.8 MB)
October 7 repeated December 16Switchover to Optus BGraeme Brown of Optus Communications describes the switch over of traffic from Aussat to Optus B1.
Listen or download (2 min 41 s - 2.5 MB)
October 21NASA SETI SymposiumEdited replay of a panel discussion of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, featuring
  • Carl Sagan, Astronomer and populariser of science
  • Ashley Montague, Anthropologist and Social Biologist
  • Krister Stendahl, Theologian
  • Phillip Morrison, Physicist
  • George Wald, Biologist and Nobel Laureate
October 29Ausroc 2 At WoomeraProgramme devoted to the attempted launch of the Ausroc 2 rocket at Woomera on October 22.
NOTE: A recording of the programme no longer exists, but the following audio clips have been re-edited from the original recordings made by A. Rennie at Woomera during 1992 October 19 to 22.
* Listen or download Pre-launch Briefing (29 min 21 s - 27.5 MB)
* Listen or download Hangar Tour and explanation of the Ausroc 2 electronics (7 min 7 s - 6.6 MB)
* Listen or download Peter Anderson and sighter rocket firings (1 min 47 s - 1.6 MB)
* Listen or download Ausroc 2 telemetry (0 min 18 s - 0.3 MB)
* Listen or download coutdown and launch failure (3 min 44 s - 3.5 MB)
* Listen or download comments made soon after rocket exploded (2 min 59 s - 2.8 MB)
* Listen or download additional comments made after explosion (4 min 16 s - 4.0 MB)
November 11We Came In Peace For All MankindDocumentary on the Apollo 11 mission (Part Two).
December 2The Apollo Project (Part Two)A feature in which a film maker describes the film shot by the Apollo astronauts.
December 16 repeated from October 7Switchover to Optus BGraeme Brown of Optus Communications describes the switch over of traffic from Aussat to Optus B1.
* Listen or download (2 min 41 s - 2.5 MB)
* Listen or download launch teaser of Optus B1 (1 min 57 s - 1.8 MB)
December 23Launch of Optus B2The failed launch of Optus B2 as heard live from the launch site. (Recorded by "The Space Show" in Melbourne.)
NOTE: Some of the following inserts were not broadcast due to the festive season.
* Listen or download launch commentary. Note that no-one appears to notice the moment of failure, with officials even going on to sign successful completion of contract documents and and making congratulatory speeches. (17 min 14 s - 16.1 MB)
* Listen or download post-launch events in English and Chinese (15 min 13 s - 14.2 MB)
* Listen or download post-launch speeches in English - includes Michael Goodman (Hughes Aircraft Company, California), Gordon Pike (Optus Communications, Sydney) and Chinese officials. (9 min 04 s - 8.5 MB)
* Listen or download Melbourne TV news Reports of failure (4 min 31 s - 4.2 MB)
December 23Music from "For All Mankind"A selection of Music by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois used in the film "For All Mankind", mixed with sound from the Apollo missions.
December 30Apollo 8 Commemorating the flight of Apollo 8 around the Moon