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Satellite Update

PanAmSat filed an application to move Galaxy 12 from 125.1 degrees west longitude (WL) to 122.9 degrees WL and conduct telemetry, tracking and command operations at that location using the frequencies 6424.5 MHz for command and 4199.875 MHz for telemetry. After the satellite is relocated, PanAmSat is requesting permission to operate it as an in-orbit spare. PanAmSat requested a waiver of the rule specifying that space stations must discharge all stored energy sources at end-of-life of the space station. From FCC Report SAT-00540.

The FCC granted an application from PanAmSat to operate C and Ku-band satellite Galaxy 11 at the 32.80 degree east longitude (EL) orbital location. Galaxy 11 is authorized to operate in the 3700-4200 MHz, 5825-6425 MHz, 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.7-12.2 GHz, 13.75-14.0 GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz frequency bands.

EchoStar Satellite Operations LLC withdrew its application for special temporary authority (STA) to (1) modify the authorized orbital location of the EchoStar 2 satellite from 148 degrees WL to 77.15 degrees WL, where it would be operated by QuetzSat, S. de R.L. de C.V. (QuetzSat) as a Mexican-licensed satellite; and (2) to perform telemetry, tracking and command operations in extended C-band frequencies using two earth stations during the relocation of the satellite.

These actions are listed in FCC Report SAT-00541.

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.