Satellite Update

SES Americom filed an application to launch and operate a Ku-band satellite, AMC-21 , at 125 degrees West Longitude (WL). SES Americom intends to use AMC-21 for broadband, video and data services, including direct-to-home services. This information is from FCC Report SAT-00307 . The FCC granted DirecTV Enterprises'
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SES Americom filed an application to launch and operate a Ku-band satellite, AMC-21, at 125 degrees West Longitude (WL). SES Americom intends to use AMC-21 for broadband, video and data services, including direct-to-home services. This information is from FCC Report SAT-00307.

The FCC granted DirecTV Enterprises' request for special temporary authority (STA) to operate tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) functions for the DirecTV 8 satellite at 100.65 degrees WL using Earth-to-space frequency 17,307 MHz and space-to-Earth frequencies 12,203.25 and 12,203.75 MHz. The STA also allows operation of the Ka-band communications payload on DirecTV 8 in the 18.3-18.8 GHz (space-to-Earth), 28.35-28.6 GHz (Earth-to-space), 19.7-20.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 29.25-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. The STA is valid for 180 days starting July 24, 2005. See FCC Report SAT-00308 for more information on this grant and a change in ownership for Intelsat Americas-13 (IA-13). IA-13 will remain on the Permitted Station List, which will be updated to reflect the change in ownership.

The FCC granted a request from DirecTV Enterprises LLC for STA to relocate the DirecTV 1 satellite from 101.125 degrees WL to 72.5 degrees WL and conduct TT&C functions with the satellite until it reaches 72.5 degrees. It also granted DirecTV Enterprises' request for modification of its authority to allow it to communicate with 1,000,000 receive-only earth stations, which DirecTV uses to provide local-into-local signals to U.S. consumers. When the satellite is relocated to 72.5 degrees WL, it operate under a Canadian space station authorization. Under the approved STA, DirecTV will off-load traffic from the DirecTV 5 satellite to the DirecTV 1, then move DirecTV 5 to 109.8 degrees WL location to replace a failing satellite at another orbital location. Details on these moves and the FCC authorizations are in the FCC Order and Authorization (DA-05-1890). The STA is valid for 180 days starting July 14, 2005.