Satellite Update

A review of the FCC’s latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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Star One S.A. filed a petition for a declaratory ruling to add the Star One C5 satellite to the FCC Permitted Space Station List. Star One C5 is licensed by Brazil for operation at 68 degrees West Longitude using conventional C and Ku-band frequencies. Star One requested a waiver of Section 25.210(a), which requires C-band transponders to be capable of switching polarization. XM Radio filed amendments to three pending modification applications to correct “typographical and other errors in the previously failed Schedule S form.” See FCC Report SAT-00487 for details.

The FCC set Jan. 14, 2008 as the initial conforming deadline for applicants for 17/24 GHz broadcasting satellite service (BSS) satellite licenses to amend their applications to conform to the rules in its May 4, 2007, report and order and the reconsideration order, released Sept. 28, 2007. The reconsideration order provided satellite operators additional flexibility to operate full-power satellites at orbital locations offset by up to one degree from the Appendix F locations in the May 4, 2007, report and order.

Entities listed in Appendix A of Public Notice DA-07-4895 dated Dec. 5, 2007, are invited to amend their pending applications consistent with the rules no later than Jan. 14, 2008. An application that is not amended by that deadline will be dismissed as defective.

As an applicant seeking to operate a full power space station may not know if another applicant has requested authority to operate a satellite at an adjacent Appendix F location, there is a provision for that applicant to file a second amendment. This would cover operation with full interference protection at a location offset from an Appendix F location by up to one degree, if another entity has filed a conflicting application for the adjacent Appendix F location or its associated offsets. These amendments must be filed by Feb. 13.

For additional information, see Public Notice DA-07-4895.