Satellite Update - Oct. 1, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00635 [PDF]:

  • • Intelsat North America LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) to continue operating Intelsat 706 at 54.85 degrees east longitude for a period of 61 days, commencing October 8, 2009 through December 5, 2009.

Harbinger Capital Partners is buying the rest of SkyTerra. SkyTerra is preparing to introduce an all-in-one cellular phone that includes satellite capability. Harbinger also owns 20 percent of Inmarsat, which provides maritime and aeronautical wireless connectivity. If Harbinger obtains control of Inmarsat, its purchase of SkyTerra will give it control of much of the world's two-way aeronautical and maritime wireless traffic. This information is from the article SkyTerra bought. Inmarsat next? on

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.