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Star One S.A. filed a Petition for Declaratory ruling to add the Star One C1 satellite located at 65 degrees West Longitude (WL) to the Permitted Space Station List. It seeks to provide service to the United States using 14.0-14.5 GHz, 11.7-12.2 GHz, 5925-6425 MHz and 3700-4200 MHz. The Petition and an Amendment requ
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Star One S.A. filed a Petition for Declaratory ruling to add the Star One C1 satellite located at 65 degrees West Longitude (WL) to the Permitted Space Station List. It seeks to provide service to the United States using 14.0-14.5 GHz, 11.7-12.2 GHz, 5925-6425 MHz and 3700-4200 MHz. The Petition and an Amendment request a waiver of various sections of the FCC rules. It filed a similar Petition, with waiver requests, to have the Star One C2 satellite, located at 70 degrees WL, added to the Permitted Space Station List. SkyTerra filed an application to modify its license to construct, launch and operate a fixed satellite service (FSS) geostationary orbit (GSO) satellite using Ka-band frequencies with two satellites at 95 degrees WL. The requested modification would use one satellite SkyTerra-1 located at 95 degrees WL rather than two satellites. The proposed satellite will incorporate a multi-beam payload architecture providing three distinct coverage patterns across the continental United States, including full CONUS coverage, regional coverage using multiple contiguous spot beams and market-specific spot beams for targeted service delivery. The system will use 18.3-18.8 and 19.7-20.2 GHz for space-to-Earth communication and 28.35-28.6 and 29.25-30 GHz in the Earth-to-space direction. More information on these applications is in FCC Report SAT-00310.

The FCC granted SES Americom's request to operate Ku-band satellite AMC-5 from 78.95 degrees WL instead of the currently assigned 79.0 degree WL location. It also modified SES Americom's authorization for C-band satellite Satcom C-3 to change its orbital location from 79.0 degrees WL to 79.05 degrees WL. Telesat Canada's request to add the hybrid C-/Ku-band satellite ANIK F1R at 107.3 degrees WL to the Permitted Space Station List was granted, subject to the condition that ANIK F1R is not authorized to provide any Direct-to-Home service, DBS service, or Digital Audio Radio Service to, from, or within the United States. Communications between ALSAT-designated routine earth stations and the ANIK F1R satellite must be in compliance with the satellite coordination agreements reached between Canada and other administrations. Rainbow DBS Company was granted an extension of special temporary authority (STA) to operate the Rainbow 1 DBS satellite over channels 23 and 24 at the 61.5 degree WL orbital location, under the same conditions as the original STA. For more information on these actions and corporate reorganization of the News Skies satellite companies, see FCC Report SAT-00309.