Digital Broadband Applications Corp (DBAC) will be allowed to provide two-way broadband data and video service using a combination of U.S. and Canadian Ku-band transponders. The FCC Order http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1526A1.pdf released May 7 authorizes DBAC to use U.S. satellite Galaxy XI and Canadian satellites Nimiq and Nimiq 2. U.S. customers will 0.75 meter dishes to uplink to the Galaxy XI satellite at 91 degrees West Longitude. The hub earth station, to be located in Arizona, will receive requests for video and data services from Galaxy XI, process them and uplink the requested material to a Nimiq satellite. Customers will receive the requested data from the Nimiq satellites, which will also be located at 91 degrees W.L. The service is for U.S. customers only. Consumer satellite terminals will have to be installed by technically trained professionals. DBAC is taking multiple precautions to prevent the possibility of harmful radiation exposure from the satellite antennas. Refer to the FCC Order for more technical details.
Requests to FCC for Special Temporary Authority for Satellite Operation
PanAmSat has requested Special Temporary Authority (STA) to conduct in-orbit testing of the C-band payload of Galaxy XIII at 144.5 degrees West Longitude (WL). DirecTV has asked for an STA to relocate the DIRECTV 3 satellite from a storage orbit to a Canadian Broadcast Satellite Service orbital location at 82 degrees W