Satellite Update

A review of the FCC’s latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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PanAmSat Licensee Corp. requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to operate Intelsat 11 at 43.2 degrees west longitude (WL) for telemetry, tracking and command operation using Ku-band command and telemetry frequencies. PanAmSat H-2 Licensee Corp. requested STA for 60 days, commencing on Dec. 26, 2007, to conduct in-orbit testing of Horizons 2 at 67.5 degrees WL in the conventional Ku-bands before relocating the satellite to its permanent location at 74.05 degrees WL. Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. asked for STA for 180 days to operate 15 new satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) terrestrial repeaters at power levels at or below 2 kilowatts EIRP (average) in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, St. Louis, Tampa and Orlando. Sirius said that the additional repeaters were needed to provide high-quality commercial SDARS programming nationwide. Information on these applications is from FCC Report SAT-00478.

The FCC granted STA to Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. to operate an indoor terrestrial repeater with an EIRP of up to 200 watts (average) and up to five indoor repeaters with EIRP of up to 0.0001 watts at various trade shows between Nov. 2007 and Feb. 2008. Also, the FCC International Bureau determined that Orbimage License Corp met the first three of four milestones associated with its authorization. The milestones are contract execution, critical design review, and construction commencement. From FCC Report SAT-00479.

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