Satellite Update

The FCC also authorized several moves by satellite companies to modify their spacecraft and operations.
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The FCC accepted an amendment from PanAmSat to its pending request to modify its existing authorization to launch and operate a C- and Ku-band satellite PAS-11, call sign S2237, formerly called PAS-4R, to change the orbit location to 43.1 degrees West longitude (WL) and revise its orbital debris mitigation statement. PanAmSat requested a waiver of Section 25.283(c), which requires discharge of all stored energy sources remaining the satellite upon de-orbiting for this satellite and its Horizons-2 satellite, formerly called SBS-6R. PanAmSat requested a change in the orbital location of Horizons-2 to 74.05 degrees WL from 74.0 degrees WL and a number of technical changes to the spacecraft and its operating parameters.

DG Consent Sub Inc. asked the FCC for permission to make adjustments to the WorldView 60 satellite and add a new satellite, WorldView 110 to its Earth Exploration Satellite Service (EESS) constellation, bring the total number of additional authorized satellites in its non-GSO EESS system to three. DG Consent also updated the emission designators for the WorldView 60 and WorldView 110 satellites.

Information on these applications is from FCC Report SAT-00464 and IBFS.

The FCC authorized PanAmSat to operate Galaxy 9 at 81 degrees WL on a non-interference basis using conventional C-band frequencies ant to conduct telemetry tracking and conduct (TT&C)operations necessary to drift the satellite to 81 degrees WL. PanAmSat received special temporary authorization (STA) to operate SBS-6 at 73.95 degrees WL and conduct TT&C effect operation at that location.

The FCC’s International Bureau determined Mobile Satellite Ventures Subsidiary LLC (MSV) met the beginning physical construction milestone associated with this authorization.

See FCC Report SAT-00465 for additional information on these actions.