Satellite Update

A review of the FCC’s latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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Many of the actions in last Friday’s Report No. SAT-00508 listing, FCC International Bureau Satellite Policy Branch actions appear to be related to the launch of AMC-14, which as noted earlier did not make it to geosynchronous orbit. On March 12, the Policy Branch granted authority to EchoStar to launch and operate AMC-14 at 61.5 degrees West Longitude (WL) using the 17.3-17.8 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequency bands on channels 1-22 and 25-32. It also granted special temporary authority (STA) to operate AMC-14 at 56.5 degrees WL for 60 days for in-orbit testing on channels 1-32. See Report No. SAT-00508 for more information on these and other actions relating to withdrawal of certain EchoStar STAs.

Sirius Satellite Radio requested STA to increase the effective isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of 15 terrestrial repeaters to 2,000 watts for a period of 180 days. These repeaters are currently operating at the power levels between 150 to 800 watts EIRP, as previously approved. Sirius said the power increase was necessary to improve terrestrial repeater coverage in various locations throughout the United States (from FCC Report SAT-00507).