Barbara E. Selby Headquarters, Washington, D.C. November 26, 1991 (Phone: 703/557-5609) Linda S.

Ellis Lewis Research Center, Cleveland (Phone: 216/433-2900) Devorah Goldberg U.S. Information Agency Voice of America, Washington, D.C. (Phone: 202/619-2538) RELEASE: 91-196 NASA AND USIA TO DEMONSTRATE SATELLITE RADIO BROADCASTING The first demonstration of digital radio broadcasting via satellite to a mobile vehicle, a new dimension in radio broadcasting, will take place Dec. 2-6 in Washington, D.C. A joint effort of NASA and the U.S. Information Agency's Voice of America, the demonstration of Direct Broadcast Satellite-Radio (DBS-R) will be conducted using COMSAT's Southbury, Conn., Earth station, INMARSAT's MARECS B satellite, programming from National Public Radio and two standard passenger vans -- one mobile and one stationary. Participants will hear the sound by either riding around Washington's Mall area in the mobile van or listening to the same sound in the stationary van. Recent technological advances in digital satellites and receiver technology soon will allow radios throughout the world to receive broadcasts of digital sound from satellites.

High quality digital audio signals from geostationary satellites can be received in a variety of environments: indoor/outdoor, mobile/stationary, urban/suburban locations and rural areas where radio reception was previously difficult to receive or not economical to provide. - more -2According to James Hollansworth, DBS-R Program Manager in the Space Electronics Division at NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, "DBS-R service opens up opportunities for U.S. industry to provide a new generation of satellites, antennas, receivers and programming options." Studies recently completed by Lewis have indicated a demand for increased access, reliability and quality of sound programming. Sponsored by NASA's Office of Commercial Programs, Lewis is responsible for DBS-R program management, planning, marketing, experimental and regulatory activities. The DBS-R technology development activities are being conducted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "Voice of America is very interested in this demonstration," said VOA Director Chase Untermeyer. "We believe it holds great promise for the future of international broadcasting." Voice of America, an international radio service, is part of the U.S. Information Agency, broadcasting in 45 languages to an estimated weekly audience of more than 127 million. In February 1992, the 164-member International Telecommunications Union will convene the World Administrative Conference at which time member nations will consider frequency requirements for Direct Broadcast Service (Sound). A frequency allocation in the radio spectrum to a Broadcasting Satellite Service (sound) will enable DBS-R systems to be implemented by mid 1990s. By the year 2000, a new service, digital audio broadcasting by satellite, could be operational for nations around the globe, allowing countries and communities to become better

informed about themselves and the world around them. -endNOTE TO EDITORS & NEWS DIRECTORS: Demonstrations, including an audio-visual presentation and a short ride in a van specially equipped to receive the sound signal, will take place Monday, Dec. 2 from 2-7 p.m. at the Hotel Washington, 15th and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. News media planning to participate should contact Susan Gomperts, Public Service Satellite Consortium at 703/979-0801.