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Satellite Update – March 10, 2011

From FCC Report SAT-00762:

  • •EchoStar Corporation requested special temporary authority (STA) to conduct telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) necessary to operate EchoStar 3 at 61.45 degrees west longitude (WL) as an in-orbit spare for a period of 180 days. EchoStar will use the 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 17.3-17.8 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.
  • •Spectrum Five LLC requested extension until November 29, 2012 or a waiver of the milestone to complete construction of the first satellite in its system of two DBS satellites.

FCC actions from FCC Report SAT-00763:

  • •The FCC International Bureau granted Intelsat Licensee LLC STA for 60 days to continue to conduct telemetry, tracking and telecommand (TT&C) necessary to drift C- and Ku-band Intelsat 706 to 72.1 degrees east longitude (EL) and to provide fixed satellite service at that location. TT&C is authorized on specific C-band frequencies. Operation at 72.1 degrees EL is authorized in 3700-4200 MHz, 10950-11200 MHz, 11450-11700 MHz and 12500-12750 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 5925-6425 MHz and 14000-14500 MHz (Earth-to-space),
  • •EchoStar received STA to operate DBS satellite EchoStar 6 at 76.95 degrees WL using 17.3-17.8 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth). Telemetry, tracking and telecommand operations are authorized on 12.202 GHz, 12.204 GHz, and 17.305 GHz.
  • •EchoStar was granted STA for 30 days to conduct telemetry, tracking and control necessary to operate EchoStar 3 at 61.45 degrees as an in orbit spare. (See the applications above for information on EchoStar 3 frequencies authorized.)
  • •GeoEye License Corp. received STA for 30 days to operate TT&C during the de-orbiting of the OrbView-3 satellite through atmospheric re-entry. TT&C is authorized in the 2092.536-2092.664 MHz and 402.69-402.75 MHz (Earth-to-space), and 401.47-401.53 MHz, 8189.982-8190.018 MHz and 8115-8265 MHz (space-to-Earth) frequency bands.
  • •The FCC granted Lockheed Martin Corporation STA for 30 days to continue to operate LM-RPS1 outside its previously authorized +/-0.05 degree station-keeping box.

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.