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Satellite Update

From FCC Report SAT-00546:

  • Intelsat New Dawn Company has requested authority to construct, launch and operate a C/Ku/Extended C-band Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) satellite at 32.8 degrees east longitude (EL) using Earth-to-space frequencies in the 5850-6550 MHz and 14000-14500 MHz bands and space-to-Earth frequencies in the 3625-4200 MHz, 10950-11200 MHz, and 11450-11700 MHz bands. Intelsat requested a waiver of some technical requirements in the FCC rules.
  • EchoStar requested special temporary authority (STA) to operate EchoStar 8 for 180 days in the 12.2-12.7 GHz and 17.3-17.8 GHz bands from 77 degrees west longitude (WL). The requested operations are pursuant to agreements between and among EchoStar, QuetzSat S. de R.L. de C.V. (QuetzSat), and SES Global Latin America, S.A.

From FCC Report SAT-00545.

  • On Aug. 6 the FCC International Bureau’s Satellite Division approved an arrangement where SES Gibraltar will operate the AMC-21 satellite at 124.9 degrees WL under an authorization from the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. When the transaction is completed, the FCC will add AMC-21 to the Permitted Space Station List for FSS and FSS Direct-to-Home service in the 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. Intelsat North America LLC’s request for modification of its authorization for C- and Ku-band Intelsat 602 allowing operation at 177.85 degrees EL using 3625-4200 MHz, 5850-6245 MHz, 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.70 GHz and 14.00-14.50 GHz frequency bands was granted.

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.