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

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.