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Satellite Update – June 30, 2011

From FCC Report SAT-00788:

  • •SES Americom filed an application requesting authority to construct, launch and operate SES-2 at 87 degrees WL (west longitude) in the conventional C-band and Ku-band (11.7-12.2 GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz) providing fixed-satellite and direct-to-home services. SES-2 will replace AMC-3 at 87 degrees WL. The company requested authority to construct a 17/24 GHz payload on SES-2 although it does not seek operational authority for using this payload. The request stated that the SES-2 space station will also host a Federal Government-licensed payload for which SES Americom is not seeking FCC authorization. The BSS payload is capable of operating in the 24.75-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 17.3-17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequency bands.

From FCC Report SAT-00789:

  • •The FCC granted Lockheed Martin Corp. special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to continue to operate LM-RPS1 at 133.1 degrees WL, outside the +/-0.05 degree north/south and east/west station-keeping box previously authorized. Operation is in the 1166.20-1186.7 MHz and 1565.17-1585.67 MHz bands (space-to-Earth) and 6629.02-6649.52 MHz and 6680.17-6700.67 MHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.

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.