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Satellite Update – Feb. 16, 2012


From FCC Report SAT-00843, Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing:

• SES Americom requested the FCC modify its authorization for AMC-3 to specify operations at 67 degrees west longitude (WL) instead of its currently authorized location at 86.9 degrees WL. SES Americom asked for authority to provide fixed-satellite-service (FSS), including direct-to-home services, at that location using the 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space). Telemetry, tracking and telecommand (TT&C) authorization is requested on specified C-band and Ku-band frequencies.

• Intelsat License LLC filed an application seeking authority to construct, launch and operate Intelsat 19 as a replacement satellite at 166.0 degrees east longitude (EL). Intelsat requested use of 3700-4200 MHz and 12.25-12.75 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 5925-6425 MHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space). TT&C was requested on specified Ku-band frequencies just inside these bands.

From FCC Report SAT-00844, Actions Taken.

• The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted Intelsat License LLC special temporary authority (STA) for 60 days to continue to operate TT&C operations with Galaxy 12 necessary to maintain it at 129.0 degrees WL using specified C-band frequencies. Intelsat is also authorized to continue to provide FSS from Galaxy 12 on a temporary basis using conventional C-band frequencies.

• Intelsat also received STA for 30 days to continue to provide FSS from Galaxy 26 at 50.0 degrees EL using conventional Ku-band frequencies.


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.