Doug Lung / RF Report
Satellite Update for Dec. 26, 2013
A review of FCC actions affecting the satellite industry
From FCC Report SAT-00986
, “Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing”:
Intelsat License LLC filed an application to extend the license term for Intelsat 7 at 68.65 degrees east longitude (EL) until April 1, 2019. Intelsat 7 provides Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) from that location using the 3400-3700 MHz, 10.95-11.2 GHz, and 11.47-11.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 6425-6725 MHz and 13.75-14.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.
Inmarsat Hawaii, Inc. requests access to the U.S. market using INMARSAT-KA 63 W, which is plans to operate under authority of the United Kingdom at 62.85 degrees west longitude (WL). Market access for FSS is requested using 18.3-18.8 GHz and 19.7-20,2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.5-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) on a primary basis, 18.8-19.3 GHz (space-to-Earth) for gateway downlink operations on a non-conforming basis, and 28.1-28.35 GHz and 28.6-29.1 GHz for gateway uplink operations on a secondary basis. Inmarsat Hawaii requested waivers to allow operation in the 18.8-19.3 GHz band and filed supplemental information stating that it has an agreement with Hispamar Satellites, S.A. regarding the coordination of INMARSAT-KA 63W at 62.85° W.L. with Amazonas-3 at 61 degrees WL, and demonstrating that O3b Limited's NGSO FSS system will be protected from INMARSAT-KA 63W's operations in the 18.8-19.3 GHz and 28.6-29.1 GHz bands.
The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted an application from Intelsat License LLC to construct launch and operate Galaxy KA at 89.1 degrees WL and to provide FSS, including Direct-to-Home (DTH) services from that location using 18.3-18.8 GHz and 19.7-20.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 28.35-28.6 GHz, 29.25-29.5 GHz, and 29.5-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) on a primary basis to North and South America. The Satellite Division authorized Intelsat to conduct telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) operations in the 29.5-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 18.104.22.168 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequency bands at 89.1 degrees WL but denied Intelsat's request for a waiver of Section 25.202(g) of the FCC rules to allow it to use the 3700-4200 MHz and 5925-6425 MHz for transfer and emergency telemetry.
ViaSat was granted permission to access the U.S. market using its proposed VIASAT-3 (space-to-Earth)satellite which will operate under the authority of the United Kingdom at 79.3 degrees WL. ViaSat is granted access to provide FSS from VIASAT-3 using 18.3-18.3 GHz and 19.7-20.2 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.5-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) on a primary basis, on a secondary basis in the 28.1-28.35 GHz and 28.6-29.1 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands and on a non-conforming basis in the 18.8-19.3 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequency band. VIASAT-3 will use the following center frequencies for TT&C operations at 79.3° W.L.: 29500.5 MHz, 29503 MHz and 29999 MHz (Earth-to-space); and 19701 MHz, 19703 MHz and 20199 MHz
The Satellite Division granted a request from Intelsat License LLC to modify its authorization for Intelsat 8 to extend the license term from December 4, 2013 through June 30, 2016, allowing Intelsat to continue to provide FSS from 169.0 degrees EL using the 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) frequency bands.
The Satellite Division determined Skybox Imaging, Inc. met the fourth milestone condition (launch and operation of the first satellite) in its license for two non-geostationary orbit Earth Exploration Satellite Service space stations, SkySat-1 and SkySat-2.