Satellite Update for Jan. 17, 2014

From FCC Report SAT-00990, “Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing:”

• Intelsat License LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to continue to provide fixed satellite service (FSS) from and continue to conduct telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) with Intelsat 9 at 43.10 degrees west longitude (WL). Frequency bands are 3700-4200 MHz, 11.45-11.70 GHz, and 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 5925-6425 MHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space). TT&C uses specified Ku-band frequencies.

• LightSquared Subsidiary LLC seeks modification of its authorization for MSAT-2 at 103.3 degrees WL to extend the license term by one year, to Dec. 31, 2014, to continue service to its customers not transitioning to its second-generation SkyTerra-1 and to provide a backup for that satellite. MSAT-2 operates service links to customers in the following frequency bands: 1530-1544 MHz (space-to-Earth), 1545-1559 MHz (space-to-Earth), 1631.5-1645.5 MHz (Earth-to-space), and 1646.5-1660.5 MHz (Earth-to-space). Feeder links for MSAT-2 are in the 13.0-13.15 GHz and 13.20-13.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. Telemetry, tracking, and command operations use the following center frequencies: 11.7005 GHz and 11.701 GHz (space-to-Earth); 14.0005 GHz and 14.4995 GHz (Earth-to-space).

From FCC Report SAT-00991, “Actions Taken:”

• The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted, with conditions, STA to Intelsat License LLC for 60 days to continue to operate Intelsat 9 at 43.1 degrees west longitude and to provide FSS from that location. (See the application listed earlier for authorized frequency bands.)

• Intelsat License LLC received STA for 30 days to provide FSS from Intelsat 702 in inclined orbit mode at 32.9 degrees east longitude (EL) using the 3700-4200 MHz, 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.70 GHz, and 12.5-12.75 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 5925-6425 MHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. TT&C is authorized on specified C-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.