Satellite Update – April 12, 2012

From FCC Report SAT-00858, Satellite Space Applications Accepted for filing:

  • • New Skies Satellites BV requested the FCC modify its grant of U.S. market access to reflect the move of NSS-7 from 22 degrees west longitude (WL) to 20 degrees WL and modify the U.S. Permitted List to include use of NSS-7 at 20 degrees WL in the 3625-3700 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz and 11.95-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 5850-5925 MHz and 5926-6425 MHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. Telemetry, tracking and telecommand (TT&C) operation is requested on specified C- and Ku-band frequencies. New Skies also asked for authorization to provide direct-to-home service from NSS-7 at the new location.

From FCC Report SAT-00857, Actions Taken:

  • • The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted an Intelsat LLC request for special temporary authority (STA) for 30 days to conduct TT&C operations necessary to maintain Intelsat 702 at 47.5 degrees EL using specified C-band frequencies. Intelsat also requested STA to continue to operate Intelsat 702 on a temporary basis using 5925-6425 MHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 3700-4200 MHz, 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz and 12.5-12.75 GHz (space-to-Earth) The company had requested an STA of 180 days.
  • • The Satellite Division granted a request from New Skies Satellites NV to extend by 14 days, from April 14, 2012 until April 28, 2012, the deadline to file a $750,000 bond required by the FCC's March 15, 2012 grant of U.S. market access for SES-4 at 22 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.