Satellite Update

The FCC also authorized several moves by satellite companies to modify their spacecraft and operations.

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.