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Satellite Update – May 8, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00600 and other sources:

  • • AfriSpace, Inc., Debtor-in-Possession, filed an application to assign its space station authorizations to AfriSpace Satellite, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WorldSpace US Holdings, Inc. 1WorldSpace is a satellite radio service covering areas in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The two L-band satellites used by 1WorldSpace – AfriStar and AsiaStar – do not cover the U.S., but four of its original content channels are available on XM Satellite Radio. In another filing, Sirius XM Radio, Inc. requested special temporary authority (STA) to operate 25 terrestrial repeaters with EIRP up to 2,000 watts for 180 days at specified locations throughout the United States. The repeaters would operate in the 2320-2345 MHz frequency band allocated to the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS). From FCC Report SAT-00600 and other sources.

From FCC Report SAT-00601:

  • • New Skies Satellite N.V. withdrew its Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC's grant of authority to operate Intelsat 702 satellite at 54.85 degrees west longitude. The FCC granted an application from Satellite CD Radio, Inc. to modify its FM-6 satellite authorization to reflect an updated orbital debris mitigation plan.

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.