Satellite Update – Sept. 22, 2011
From FCC Report SAT-00807:
- •EchoStar Corporation requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to continue to operate EchoStar 5 at 61.55 degrees west longitude (WL) providing Direct Broadcast Satellite Service (DBS) over channels 23 and 24.
From FCC Report SAT-00808:
- •The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted SES Americom's request to modify its license for AMC-5 to permit telemetry, tracking and telecommand operations (TT&C) using the specified Ku-band frequencies necessary to relocate AMC-5 from 79.05 degrees WL to 79.10 degrees WL and to maintain it at that location as in in-orbit spare. SES Americom did not request and was not granted authority to activate the conventional Ku-band communications payload of AMC-5 at 79.10 degrees WL as part of the license modification.
- •Intelsat License LLC received STA to continue to conduct TT&C with Intelsat 603 and to continue to provide Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) from 11.5 degrees east longitude for a period of 180 days. Authorized frequency bands include the conventional C-band and 10950-11200 MHz and 11450-11700 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 14000-14500 MHz (Earth-to-space). TT&C is authorized on specified C-band frequencies.
- •MSV International LLC surrendered its authorization to operate a space station at 63.5 degrees WL. The Ku-band feeder link frequencies 10.7-10.95 GHz, 11.2-11.45 GHz and 12.75-13.35 GHz previously assigned to MSV at this location became available for reassignment at 2 PM EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 on a first-come, first-served basis. The L-band spectrum frequencies on the surrendered authorization are not available for reassignment.
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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.