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Satellite Update

A review of the FCC’s latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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EchoStar Corporation has requested Special Temporary Authority to perform telemetry, tracking and command functions during the relocation of the EchoStar 6 satellite from 110.4 degrees west longitude (WL) to 72.7 degrees WL. The STA was requested for 60 days, starting on or about July 1, 2008. Once at 72.7 degrees WL, subject to regulatory approvals, control of the satellite will transfer to Telesat Canada, under an authorization from Industry Canada. During the relocation, EchoStar 6 will transmit telemetry on 12203 MHz and 12204 MHz and receive telecommands at 17305 MHz. EchoStar requested a waiver of FCC rules to allow it to operate a telecommand beacon at 14002.5 MHz during relocation. From FCC Report SAT-00522.

In FCC Report SAT-00523 the FCC International Bureau’s Satellite division determined that EchoStar has met the “commence physical construction” milestone associated with its authorization for EchoStar-113.