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Satellite Update for July 26, 2013

From FCC Report SAT-00961, “Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing:”

• Satellite CD Radio LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to extend the time period to conduct in-orbit testing of FM-6 at 120.5 degrees west longitude (WL). The FCC notice states, “As part of the authorization granted for the launch and operation of FM-6, Satellite CD Radio is authorized to conduct in-orbit testing of FM-6 at 120.5 degrees W.L. for a 30-day period after its expected launch and, upon completion of that testing, to move the FM-6 space station from 120.50 degrees W.L. to 116.15 degrees W.L.”

From FCC Report SAT-00962, “Actions Taken:”

• The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted a Petition for Declaratory ruling from New Skies Satellites N.V. to add SES-6 to the Commission's Permitted Space Station List in the 3700-4200 MHz (space-to-Earth), 5925-6425 MHz (Earth-to-Space), 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth), and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands from 40.5 degrees WL. New Skies is also permitted to use SES-6 to provide direct-to-home services in the U.S. market in these bands.

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.