Satellite Update

The FCC accepted an application from Loral Skynet to modify its space station license for the Telstar 11N replacement satellite. Telstar 11N is currently authorized for operation at 37.5 degrees west longitude using the 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-12.2 GHz, 12.5-12.75 GHz and 13.75-14.5 GHz bands. Loral Skynet is requesting a change in location to 37.55 degrees WL, an increase in transponder capacity, and authority for expanded geographical coverage. It also requested a waiver of FCC rules, if necessary, to allow Telstar 11N to use carriers at 11699.5 MHz, 11698.5 MHz, 11198.25 MHz and 11199.25 MHz for telemetry. FCC Report SAT-00394 stated Loral Skynet contends the proposed changes would serve the public interest by enabling it to use its authorized frequencies more effectively and provide service in a larger coverage area.

The report said the FCC accepted an application from SES Americom to modify its license the Ka-band payload on AMC-16, currently located at 118.75 degrees WL. SES Americom wants authority to transfer control of the Ka-band payload to Telesat Canada, which would operate the Ka-band payload under a Canadian authorization and extend its suspension of Ka-band operations at 85 degrees WL, the originally authorized location for AMC-16, until Sept. 30, 2007. SES Americom said the modifications were needed due to delays in the launch of the Anik F3 satellite, which is expected to provide regular service at 118.75 degrees WL. DG Consents Sub Inc. (f/k/a DigitalGlobe Inc.) filed an application to reduce the number of Earth Exploration Satellite Service space stations in its authorization from three to one. The satellite would use the 8025-8400 MHz band.

Report SAT-00395 reported the FCC granted with conditions a request from PanAmSat License Corp. for an extension of its special temporary authority (STA) to continue to operate C- and Ku-band satellite Galaxy 4R at 76.85 degree WL for a period of sixty days, from Oct. 14 through Dec. 12, 2006.