Satellite Update

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

AtContact Communications LLC requested FCC permission to add the following Ka-band frequencies to its authorized geostationary orbit (GSO) satellite, call sign S2680, located at 83 degrees West Longitude (WL): 18.3-18.8 GHz (downlink), 19.7-20.2 GHz (downlink), 28.35-28.6 GHz (uplink) and 29.25-30.0 GHz (uplink). The company also asked for permission to relocate its authorized GSO satellite at 34 degrees East Longitude (EL) to 77.4 degrees WL. The satellite, call sign S2682, would continue to operate in its authorized frequency bands at 28.6-29.1 GHz (uplink) and 18.8-19.3 GHz (downlink) at the new location. For both applications, AtContact requested a waiver of Section 25.114(d)(3) of the FCC rules requiring predicted gain contour plots. (From FCC Report SAT-00489.)

The FCC granted Skynet Satellite Corp.’s request to launch and operate a replacement Ku-band satellite at 37.55 degrees WL. The FCC gave DirecTV permission to operate Spaceway 1 from 102.885 degrees WL in the 18.3-18.8/19.7-20.2 GHz downlink and 28.35-28.60/29.25-30.00 GHz uplink frequency bands. As a result of this grant, DirecTV’s request for special temporary authority (STA) to operate Spaceway 1 at this location was dismissed as moot. Sirius Satellite Radio was allowed to operate 15 terrestrial repeaters at power levels at or below 2 kW EIRP for a period of 180 days at the locations described in its request (SAT-STA-20070928-00135).

PanAmSat Licensee Corp.’s request for STA to operate tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) functions on Intelsat 11 at 43.2 degrees WL was approved. The STA started Dec. 12, 2007, and lasts for 180 days. The TT&C center frequencies authorized are 13246.5 MHz (horizontal polarization) and 13995.5 MHz (vertical) for command operations. For telemetry, the center frequencies approved are 11448 MHz (horizontal) and 11449 MHz (vertical). For more information on these and other satellite actions see FCC Report SAT-00488

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