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Satellite Update – Jan. 20, 2011

From FCC Report SAT-00749:

  • •XM Radio seeks to move XM-1, a non-transmitting in-orbit spare, from 85.17 degrees west longitude (WL) to 115.25 degrees WL and operate it there. XM Radio also sought a modification of its authorization for XM-3 to move it from 85.083 degrees WL to 85.15 degrees WL and modification of the XM-5 authorization to move it from 85.2 degrees WL to 85.15 degrees WL.

From FCC Report SAT-00750:

  • •EchoStar was granted STA for 30 days to conduct telemetry, tracking and control in the 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 17.3-17.8 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands necessary to operate EchoStar 3 at 61.45 degrees WL.
  • •The PanAmSat Licensee Corp. was granted special temporary authority (STA) for 30 days to continue to conduct telemetry, tracking, and telecommand operations with Galaxy 15 outside the +/-0.05 degree east/west station-keeping box previously authorized for the satellite.
  • •SES Americom was granted STA for 60 days to continue to conduct telemetry, tracking and control operations necessary to maintain the AMC-5 satellite at 79.05 degrees WL using specified Ku-band frequencies and to continue operating AMC-5's communications payload in the conventional Ku-band.
  • •XM Radio was granted STA to activate the SDARS communications payload on XM-5 at 82.2 degrees WL in the 2332.5-2345.0 MHz band for testing purposes for a period of up to 30 days. Sirius XM Radio received STA for 180 days to operate six co-located SDARS terrestrial repeaters having an average EIRP power of up to 12,000 watts on the Sirius (2320-2332.5 MHz) and XM (2332.5-2345 MHz) networks at various locations throughout the United States.
  • •Lockheed Martin was granted STA for 30 days to continue to operate LM-RPS1 outside its previously authorized +/-0.05 degree north/south and east/west station-keeping boxes.

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.