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

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack. A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.