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Satellite Update — Mar. 13, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00587:

  • • PanAmSat filed an application to relocate and operate its Intelsat 11 space station from its licensed location at 43.1 degrees west longitude (WL) to 43.0 degrees WL. The company expects to begin drifting the satellite to the new location in April. The application requests waivers of Section 25.210(i), 25.219(a)(3), 25.114(d)(3), and 25.283(c) of FCC rules. PanAmSat also requested special temporary authority (STA) to drift Intelsat 3R from 43.0 degrees WL and operate it temporarily at 43.1 degrees WL. During the drift PanAmSat will utilize only telemetry, tracking, and control frequencies 5929.5, 6424.5 and 4198.5 to 4199 MHz. PanAmSat plans to begin drifting the satellite to 43.1 degrees in April 2009.

From FCC Report SAT-00585:

  • • Skynet Satellite Corp. was granted STA to conduct in-orbit testing of the Telstar 11N space station at 37.55 degrees WL with un-modulated continuous-wave commencing March 6, 2009.

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