Satellite Update for June 12, 2013

From FCC Report SAT-01020, "Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing:"

• Satellite CD Radio LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to continue to conduct in-orbit testing of FM-6 at 120.5 degrees west longitude (WL) using 2320-2332.5 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 7051.5-7052.5 MHz, 7055-7056.6 MHz, and 7060-7072.5 MHz (Earth-to-space) and to relocate FM-6 to 116.15 degrees WL after testing is complete.

From FCC Report SAT-01021, "Actions Taken:"

• The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted Intelsat License LLC STA for 30 days to conduct telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) functions necessary to drift Intelsat 16 from 79.0 degrees WL to 76.0 degrees WL and to maintain it at that location using specified Ku-band frequencies. The STA also allows Intelsat to provide fixed satellite service (FSS) from Intelsat 16 at 76.0 degrees WL using 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.

• The Satellite Division granted DG Consents Sub, Inc. request to modify its authorization for non-geostationary orbit satellite WorldView-1 to change its orbital parameters, allowing DG Consents to transition WorldView-1 from its existing 10:30 descending node orbit to a 13:30 descending node orbit, with corresponding adjustments to the satellite's inclination angle and right ascension of the ascending node (RAAN). WorldView-1 is authorized provide Earth Exploration Satellite Service using the 2025-2110 MHz (Earth-to-space) and 8025-8400 MHz (space-to-Earth) frequency bands.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.