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Satellite Update

In satellite actions this week, the FCC returned multiple extended Ku-band applications filed by EchoStar Kux Corporation as defective. The applications were for satellites at 83 and 121 degrees west longitude (WL) and an associated ground spare. EchoStar withdrew its application for modification of its EchoStar FSS-1 satellite and filed a letter surrendering its authorization for a Ku-band FSS satellite at 83 degrees WL. That Ku-band orbital location is now available. Space Communications Corporation's petition to add the SUPERBIRD-C satellite at 144 degrees East Longitude (EL) to the FCC's Permitted Space Station List was dismissed as defective without prejudice to refiling. For information on these actions and withdrawal of several Spectrum Astro, Inc. applications, see FCC Policy Branch Report SAT-00201.

The spectrum licensed to Final Analysis Communications Services, Inc. is now available for new applications. This spectrum is in the 148-150.5 MHz, 400.15-401 MHz, and 137-138 MHz bands. Final Analysis failed to meet system implementation guidelines set forth in its non-voice, geostationary satellite system license. For details see SAT Report SPB-202.

The FCC accepted applications from Lockheed Martin Corporation to amend its application for geostationary satellites to be used as part of its Regional Positioning System. Lockheed Martin requested a change from an orbital location of 125 degrees WL to 133 degrees WL and a reduction in the frequency spectrum requirements for both dedicated RNSS (Radio Navigation Satellite Service) services and for telemetry, tracking and control functions. The RNSS payload would be co-located with a C-band fixed-satellite service payload for which PanAmSat is filing (Galaxy XV). XM Digital Radio asked for permission to relocate its current Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) satellite at 85 degrees WL to 115 degrees WL, where it will be temporarily co-located with another XM Radio satellite. XM Radio also filed applications to launch and operate replacement SDARS satellites at 85 and 115 degrees WL. PanAmSat asked for a Special Temporary Authorization to relocate PAS-8 to 43.2 degrees WL, operating only on tracking, telemetry, and command (TT&C) frequencies. More information on these and other applications is available in Report No. SAT-00202.