Satellite Update

A review of the FCC's latest actions affecting the satellite industry.

The FCC granted DirecTV Enterprises special temporary authority (STA) to conduct telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) operations necessary to relocate the DirecTV 10 satellite to 102.775 degrees west longitude (WL) using uplink frequencies 29.251 GHz and 29.493 GHz and downlink frequencies 18.30025 GHz and 18.30075 GHz.

The STA is valid for a period of 60 days starting Sept. 1, 2007. DirecTV is also authorized to operate the space feeder links in the 18.3-18.8 GHz band and service links in the 28.35-28.60 GHz and 29.25-29.50 GHz bands. DirecTV was previously authorized, under STA, to conduct in-orbit testing of DIRECTV 10 at 102.6 degrees WL.

The FCC International Bureau determined Star One S.A. has met the Critical Design Review and Commence Physical Construction milestones associated with its authorization for the Star One C-2 satellite. This allows Star One S.A. to reduce the bond amount by 25 percent for each milestone met. The Star One C-2 satellite will provide Ku-band satellite services to the U.S. from 70 degrees WL.

The information is from FCC Report SAT-00469 and IBFS.