Satellite Update – Nov. 17, 2011

From FCC Report SAT-00821:

  • •Intelsat License LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to conduct telemetry, tracing and telecommand (TT&C) operations necessary to drift Intelsat 706 from its current location at 72 degrees east longitude (EL) to 47.5 degrees EL. Operations would be on specified C-band frequencies. Once at 47.5 degrees EL, Intelsat seeks authority to operate Intelsat 706 temporarily, in inclined orbit, using conventional C-band frequencies and 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz, and 12.5-12.75 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space).
  • •The FCC corrected the public notice accepting the filing for New Skies Satellites B.V. application to modify the terms of its grant of U.S. market access for NSS-806 at 40.5 degrees west longitude (WL). The FCC said the notice should have read, "New Skies states that the steerable Ku-band spot beam on NSS-806 will operate in the 11.70-11.95 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.25-14.50 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands."

From FCC Report SAT-00822:

  • •The FCC granted SES Americom STA for 30 days to conduct TT&C operations necessary to drift AMC-3 from its current location at 87 degrees WL to 86.9 degrees WL using specified C-band and Ku-band frequencies. SES is authorized to operate AMC-3 at 86.9 degrees WL using conventional C-band frequencies ad 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space).
  • •XM Radio LLC received STA for 30 days to activate the communications payload of XM-5 in the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) at 85.15 degrees WL for in-orbit performance testing purposes in the 2320-2345 MHz (space-to-Earth) SDARS frequency 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.