Satellite Update - August 13, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00622[PDF]:

  • • The FCC granted EchoStar special temporary authority STA for a period of 30 days, commencing Aug. 3, 2009, to perform tracking, telemetry, and command functions with the EchoStar 5 satellite for the purpose of executing end-of-life maneuvers in boosting the satellite to a disposal orbit above the geostationary arc. Intelsat North America surrendered its 17/24 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service authorization at 122.9 degrees west longitude (WL) in a letter dated July 14, 2009. The FCC said the 24.75 - 25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 17.3 – 17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequencies previously assigned to Intelsat at 122.9 degrees are now available for reassignment.

From FCC Report SAT-00623[PDF]:

  • • The FCC accepted an application from Intelsat North America LLC to launch and operate Intelsat 15 at 85.15 degrees east longitude (EL) using 10950 - 11200 MHz (space-to-Earth), 11450 – 11700 MHz (space-to-Earth), 12500 – 12750 MHz (space-to-Earth), 13750 – 14000 MHz (Earth-to-space), and 14000-14500 MHz (Earth-to-space).
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.