Satellite Update

A review of the FCC’s latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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EchoStar Corp. requested authority to launch and operate the AMC-14 DBS satellite at 61.5 degrees west longitude (WL) using frequencies in the 17.3-17.8 GHz (Earth-to-Space) and 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) bands. EchoStar requested waivers FCC rules requiring discharge of all stored energy sources remaining in the satellite upon de-orbiting, and requiring cross-polarization isolation of at least 30 dB through the satellite or DBS satellite’s primary coverage area. From FCC Report SAT-00501.

The FCC’s International Bureau determined Star One S.A. has met the launch and operate milestone associated with its Star One C1 satellite. The satellite commenced commercial operations at 65.0 degrees WL on Dec. 20, 2007. XM Radio received special temporary authority (STA) to operate one indoor terrestrial repeater in Vienna, Va., with an effective isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of up to 0.5 watts (average) for 180 days from Feb. 6, 2008 to Aug. 3, 2008. Sirius Satellite Radio received STA to operate 15 terrestrial repeaters at power levels at or below 2 kW EIRP in Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Washington, D.C., plus and Bogota and Wayne, N.J.. The STA is valid for 180 days, from Feb. 4, 2008 through Aug. 1, 2008. This information is from FCC Report SAT-00500.