Satellite Update

A review of the FCC’s latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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The FCC International Bureau’s Policy Branch granted PanAmSat License Corp.’s request to construct, launch and operate Galaxy 18, a C- and Ku-band satellite. The satellite will be located at 123 degrees West Longitude (WL) and will use conventional C- and Ku-band frequencies. From FCC Report SAT-00477.

In an Order released Oct. 31, the FCC granted the request for special temporary authority (STA) filed by Intelsat North America LLC to transfer control of Intelsat 601 to Europe*Star Gesellschaft für Satellitenkommunikation mbH in connection with the operation at the 47.5 degree East Longitude (EL) orbital location. At that location, the satellite will operate under an authorization from Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA). The FCC concluded that a transfer of control of Intelsat 601 to Europe*Star and operation pursuant to the BNetzA authorization would be in the public interest. The FCC terminated Intelsat’s authorization for operation of Intelsat 601 at 63.65 degrees EL effective upon completion of the maneuvers required to place it at 47.5 degrees EL.