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Satellite Update - Sept. 18, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00632 [PDF]:

  • • The FCC granted a request from Intelsat North America for special temporary authority to continue operating Intelsat 706 at 54.85 degrees east longitude for a period of 30 days, beginning Sept. 6, 2009.
  • • DirecTV Enterprises surrendered its 17/24 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) authorization at 107 degrees west longitude (WL) and filed two $3 million-dollar bonds as required by its authorizations for BSS space stations at 99.175 degrees WL and 102.825 degrees WL.
  • • EchoStar Corporation filed three $3 million-dollar bonds as required for its authorizations for BSS space stations at 107 degrees WL, 110.4 degrees WL and 110.9 degrees WL.
  • • Intelsat North America surrendered 17/24 GHz BSS service authorizations for satellites at 99.10 degrees WL and 90.90 degrees WL. Spectrum in the 17.7–17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 25.15-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands is now available for reassignment at 99.10 degrees WL. At 90.90 degrees WL, 24.75-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 17.3-17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) are now available for reassignment.
  • • Pegasus Development DBS Corp. returned its 17/24 GHz BSS authorizations at 91.00 degrees WL and its spectrum in the 24.75-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 17.3-17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) is now available for reassignment. Pegasus also surrendered its BSS authorization at 107 degrees WL.

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.