Satellite Update

A review of the FCC’s latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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Intelsat North America LLC requested a determination from the FCC’s International Bureau that it has met the first three milestones (binding contract for construction, critical design receive and commence construction) for its application for Intelsat 16 at 58.1 degrees west longitude. The satellite will use conventional Ku-band frequencies. FCC Report SAT-00537 also lists several corrections to applications listed in the report released July 3, 2008, that was covered in last week’s Satellite Update.

The FCC granted special temporary authority to DirecTV Enterprises LLC for a period of two days between July 7 and July 11, 2008, to conduct in-orbit testing of DirecTV 11 using the frequencies 29.437 GHz (uplink) and 18.732 GHz (downlink) at 100.7 degrees WL. The testing was approved using the Los Angeles downlink spot beam with an emission designator of 36M0G7W and a maximum downlink power flux density of –118 dBW per meter squared per MHz. The FCC determined the modification request filed by PanAmSat on June 30, 2008, for satellite call sign S2422 PAS-2R is not appropriate for the streamlined procedure for fleet management maneuvers specified in the FCC rules. From FCC Report SAT-00538.