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Satellite Update – Nov. 11, 2010

From FCC Report SAT-00734:

  • •Intelsat North America LLC has requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to operate Intelsat 705 at 55.4 degrees west longitude (WL) to provide fixed satellite service using 3700-4200 MHz, 10950-11200 MHz, 11450-11700 MHz, and11700-11950 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 5925-6425 MHz and 14000-14500 MHz (Earth-to-space). Telemetry, tracking and telecommand would use specified C-band frequencies.

Information on these actions is from FCC Report SAT-00735:

  • •The FCC granted PanAmSat Licensee Corp another 30 day STA to continue to conduct telemetry, tracking and telecommand operations with the Galaxy 15 space station outside its +/- 0.05 degrees east/west station-keeping box. Galaxy 15 will pass by AMC-18 at 105 degrees WL in two weeks. Location predictions are available on the Galaxy 15 satellite ephemeris web page.
  • •The FCC granted a request from SES Americom, Inc. to modify the authorization for AMC-4 to allow operation at 67 degrees WL. SES Americom is allowed to use AMC-4 at 67 degrees WL on Ku-band frequencies 11.7-12.2 GHz and 11.45-11.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 13.75-14.0 GHz and 13.75-14.0 GHz (Earth-to-space).
  • •Sirius XM Radio Inc. received STA to continue to operate two types of indoor terrestrial satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) repeaters, one with an EIRP of 1 Watt up to 10 Watts and a second type with an EIRP up to 0.0001 watts at trade shows and other indoor locations using SDARS frequencies in the 2320-2345 MHz band.

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.