Satellite Update for April 15, 2013

From FCC Report SAT-00940, “Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing:”

• DirecTV Enterprises, LLC requested authority to launch and operate DirecTV Ku-45W to provide Fixed Satellite Service (FSS), including direct-to-home (DTH) services from 45.2 degrees west longitude (WL) using 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz and 11.95-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space). Telemetry, tracking and command frequencies would be 11.695 GHz and 11.697 GHz (space-to-Earth); and 14.495 GHz and 14.497 GHz (Earth-to-space),

From FCC Report SAT-00941, “Actions Taken:”

• The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted a request from Intelsat License LLC for special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to continue to conduct TT&C functions necessary to drift Intelsat 701 from its currently authorized location at 157.0 degrees east longitude (EL) to 29.5 degrees WL using specified C-band frequencies.

• Intelsat also received STA for 30 days to continue to conduct TT&C necessary to drift Intelsat 5 from 169.0 degrees EL to 65.45 degrees EL using specified Ku-band frequencies.

• SES Americom was granted STA for 60 days to operate AMC-5 at 80.85 degrees WL, rather than 80.90 degrees WL, and continue to provide FSS including direct-to-home services using 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space); and (3) change the east-west station-keeping tolerance of AMC-5 from ±0.1 degrees to ±0.15 degrees.

• The Satellite Division granted STA to Iridium Constellation LLC for 180 days to continue to operate three satellites in its non-geostationary orbit constellation in a manner consistent with a revised post-mission disposal plan proposed in its pending license modification application in IBFS File SAT-MOD-20080701-00140.

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.