Satellite Update

SES Americom has requested assignment of its rights under its FCC license for AMC-21 to its wholly owned subsidiary, SES Satellites (Gibraltar) Ltd. When the proposed transaction is completed, AMC-21 would operate under a United Kingdom authorization issued by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. Since AMC-21 will give up its U.S. license, SES Americom and SES Gibraltar asked the FCC to add AMC-21 to the Permitted Space Station List and include Direct-to-Home services to the United States and certain foreign destinations as permitted services.

The FCC asked for comment on whether the Horizons 1 satellite’s status on the Permitted List should be changed after the transfer of control of Horizons Satellite LLC to Serafina. Horizons 1 is the Ku-band space station on the Galaxy 13 satellite, located at 127 degrees West Longitude (WL) and licensed by Japan.

Information on these applications is from FCC Report SAT-00529.

PanAmSat received special temporary authority (STA) to conduct telemetry, tracking, control and monitoring operations necessary to effect the drift of Galaxy 17 from 122.9 degrees WL to its authorized location at 91.8 degrees WL. The STA became effective June 11 and is valid for 30 days. For more information on this STA, including a list of frequencies being used for TTC&M as well as information on the transfer of control of a BRH Holdings and Hughes Communications satellite see FCC Report SAT-00530.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.