Satellite Update — April 3, 2009

April 3, 2009
From FCC Report SAT-00592.
  • • Intelsat North America LLC requested authority to relocate Galaxy 26 from 93.0 degrees west longitude to the 50.75 degree east longitude orbital location. Galaxy 26 uses conventional C- and Ku-bands. XM Radio Inc. requested a five-year extension of its license for the XM-1 spacecraft through May 31, 2014.

From FCC Report SAT-00591:
  • • The FCC granted, with conditions, ViaSat's application to change the technical parameters of its VIASAT-KA1 satellite. VIASAT-KA1 is authorized to operate at 77.3 degrees WL. ViaSat is now authorized to relocate VIASAT-KA1's telecommand functions from the 28.35-28.6 GHz band to one megahertz of bandwidth each at 29,500.5 MHz and 29,503.0 MHz and to relocate telemetry functions from 18.3-18.8 GHz to one megahertz each at 19,7010 MHz and 19,703.0 MHz.
  • • The FCC has allowed XM Radio Inc. to continue to operate its Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) space station, XM-2 at an orbital location of 85.217 degrees WL through March 31, 2014.
  • • PanAmSat received special temporary authority (STA) to perform tracking, telemetry and command with the Galaxy 4R satellite in order to execute end-of-life maneuvers boosting the satellite into a disposal orbit above the geostationary arc.

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