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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 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.