Satellite Update

SES Americom requested a modification of its license for its AMC-5 satellite to change its orbital location from 79 degrees West Longitude (WL) to 78.95 degrees WL SES Americom also filed an application to modify its license for Satcom C-3, which is being drifted towards its assigned location at 79 degree WL from 131 degrees WL, to slightly offset its location to 79.05 degrees WL. These offsets will simplify stationkeeping at this location. EchoStar Satellite LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) to operate the EchoStar 9 satellite in the lower 500 MHz portion of the Ka-band frequencies, specially 18.3-18.8 GHz, 28.35-28.6 GHz, and 29.25-29.5 GHz at 121 degrees WL for a 30-day period. EchoStar 9 is already at 121 degrees WL. For additional information on these applications, see FCC Report SAT-00299.

The FCC granted Intelsat North America's requests for a six-month extension of C- and Ku-band INTELSAT AMERICAS 8 (IA-8) satellite launch milestone date and waiver of the cross-polarization isolation requirements in FCC rules Section 25.210(i). Failure to meet the extended launch milestone date will render the IA-8 authorization null and void, according to the FCC. SES- Americom was granted STA to continue operations of the AMC-16 Ka-band payload and Ku-band telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) functions at 96.925 degrees WL from June 7, 2005 to June 17, 2005 and then drift the AMC-16 satellite to its authorized location at 85 degrees WL. Celsat America surrendered its Ka-band authorization at the 121 degree WL location. The authorization allowed Ka-band feeder links in the 18.3-18.8 GHz, 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.25-29.5 GHz frequency bands. These frequencies are now available for reassignment at 85 degrees WL. For details on these actions, see FCC Report SAT-00300.

Harris to Demo DVB-H Gear at Broadcast Asia 2005
The broadcast communications division of Harris will display a live, end-to-end DVB-H broadcast demonstration at the Broadcast Asia 2005 convention in Singapore. The demo will include a multi-protocol encapsulator for data insertion from UDcast, a DVB-H Single Frequency Network (SFN) adapter from Harris and its DVB-H compliant Atlas DTV 660 transmitter.

Dale Mowry, vice president and general manager of Harris' TV broadcast systems business unit, said the company's decades of terrestrial transmission experience has been invaluable in expanding beyond its core business to make true mobile video a reality for consumers.
"Building on the coming implementation of our first international DVB-H trials, Harris also is establishing partnerships domestically that will lead to capabilities on all major mobile video platforms. We are confident our end-to-end solutions approach will advance mobile video far beyond its current capabilities," he said.

Harris previously announced it had been selected as the exclusive provider of transmission equipment for NTL Broadcast's DVB-H mobile trials in the United Kingdom. Harris will also supply transmission equipment for a 12-month DVB-H trial in Australia for Bridge Networks.

For more information, refer to the Harris press release Harris Corporation Leverages Transmission Leadership into New Business Models for Mobile Video.