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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 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.