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PanAmSat requested modification of its FCC authorization to relocate Galaxy 9 from 74.15 degrees west longitude to 81 degrees WL and operate it at that location. PanAmSat requested a waiver of section 25.114(d)(3) requiring predicted antenna gain contour plots. PanAmSat asked for special temporary authority for 180 days to drift the SBS-6 satellite from 74.05 degrees WL to 73.95 degrees WL and operate it at that location. TerreStar Networks requested a postponement of the satellite launch milestone for its 2 GHz mobile satellite service system using a Canadian-licensed geostationary orbit satellite from November 2007 to the end of September 2008. From FCC Report SAT-00453.

The FCC granted EchoStar Satellite Operating Corp.’s request for modification of its EchoStar-113 authorization. It is now authorized to operate EchoStar-113 at 112.85 degrees WL using the 18.3-18.8 GHz, 19.7-20.2 GHz, 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.25-30.00 GHz frequency bands, subject to the terms and conditions of its existing authorization, the technical specifications outlined in the attachment to the grant, and the commission’s rules. Intelsat North Americas was granted STA allowing it to conduct space station telemetry, tracking and control operations during the relocation of INTELSAT 602 from 150.5 degrees east longitude to 157 degrees EL was extended by 30 day, to and including Aug. 23. The FCC also authorized operation of INTELSAT 602 at 157 degrees on a non-interference basis using the frequency bands 3625-4200 MHz, 5850-6425 MHz, 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz from June 25 through Aug. 23. FCC Report SAT-00454 has additional information, including file numbers and call signs, concerning these actions.

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.