Satellite Update — April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009
From FCC Report SAT-00595:
  • • The FCC granted Intelsat North America LLC authority to drift Intelsat 706 to 54.85 degrees east longitude (EL) and operate it at that location using 3700-4200 MHz (downlink), 5925-6425 MHz (uplink), 10,95-11.2 GHz (downlink), 11.45-11.7 GHz (downlink), 12.50-12.75 GHz (downlink) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (uplink). Intelsat was authorized to conduct telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) operations necessary to move Intelsat 706 to 54.85 degrees EL using uplink frequencies 6173.5 MHz and 6176.3 MHz and downlink frequencies 3947.5 MHz, 3948.0 MHz, 3952.5 MHz and 3952.0 MHz. Intelsat was allowed to move Intelsat 702 to 66.0 degrees EL using the same frequencies listed for Intelsat 706.
  • • EchoStar received special temporary authority (STA) to conduct TT&C operations with EchoStar 5 during its drift from 129 degrees WL to 148 degrees WL. The frequency 17301.0 MHz will be used for telecommand and the band 12201-12202 MHz for telemetry. The STA is valid for 60 days commencing March 16, 2009.
  • • The FCC granted a request from Intelsat for STA to continued operating Intelsat 702 at 54.85 degrees EL for a period of 14 days commencing on April 7, 2009. Intelsat's request for STA to drift Intelsat 706 from 50.25 degrees EL to 54.85 degrees EL was dismissed as moot in light of the grant mentioned earlier allowing it to relocate the satellite to 54.85 degrees EL.

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