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Satellite Update — July 17, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00615 [PDF]:

  • Hughes Network Systems LLC filed a letter of intent seeking to serve the U.S. market from its Spaceway 4 Ka-band satellite. The satellite will be located at 107.1 degrees west longitude (WL) and use 28.1–29.1 GHz and 29.25–30.0 GHz for Earth to space (uplink) communications and the 18.3–19.3 GHz and 19.7–20.2 GHz bands for the downlink. Hughes seeks waivers of several FCC Part 25 rules, including a waiver of footnote NG165 of the U.S. Table of Frequency Allocations to permit geostationary orbit satellite operations in the 18.8–19.3 GHz band. This band is allocated for non-geostationary orbit operations. Hughes filed two additional letters of intent seeking to serve the U.S. market using its Spaceway 5 Ka-band satellite from 109.1 degrees WL and its Spaceway 6 Ka-band satellite from 90.9 degrees WL. Spaceway 5 and Spaceway 6 will use the same frequency bands as Spaceway 4 and require similar waivers.
  • Inmarsat filed an amendment to a Petition for Declaratory Ruling it originally filed in December 2008 requesting modification of the FCC “ISAT List” to add Inmarsat 2F1 at 142 degrees WL as a permitted point of communication in the 1530–1548 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 1626.5–1649.5 MHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. The amendment provides additional technical information on Inmarsat 2F1.
  • EchoStar requested STA to operate EchoStar 8 in the 12.2–12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 17.3–17.8 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands from 77 degrees WL. The operations are pursuant to agreements between EchoStar, QuetzSat S. de R.L. de C.V. and SES Global Latin America S.A. EchoStar stated QuetzSat confirmed the Mexican government does not object to interim operation of EchoStar 8 as a U.S.-licensed satellite providing service to the United States from this location provided the satellite operates in conformance with the technical characteristics in QuetzSat's BSS concession.
  • Sirius XM Radio requested STA to operate five terrestrial repeaters in Cincinnati, Ohio for 180 days at power levels at, or above, 2 kW EIRP (average). Four of the five repeaters were authorized under previous grants of STA. Sirius XM stated that the majority of these repeaters would operate at power levels less than those previously authorized. The new repeater, which will operate at 2 kW EIRP (average) would be co-located with an existing repeater.

From FCC Report SAT-00617 [PDF]:

  • The FCC granted, with conditions, an application from New Skies Satellites B.V. as amended to provide Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) to the U.S. market via NSS-9 at 177 degrees WL using extended C-band frequency bands 3625–3700 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 5850–5925 MHz (Earth-to-space). These bands are just below the conventional U.S. C-band frequencies.
  • PanAmSat is allowed to relocate Intelsat 11 to 43 degrees WL and provide FSS in the 3700–4200 MHz (space-to-Earth), 5925–6425 MHz (Earth-to-space), 10.70–11.45 GHz (space-to-Earth), 12.75–13.25 GHz (Earth-to-space), and 13.75–14.00 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.
  • EchoStar's request to modify its authorization to move DBS satellite EchoStar 5 from 148 degrees WL to 147.925 degrees WL was granted.
  • The application from New Skies Satellite B.V. to modify the FCC's Permitted Space Station List authorization for NSS-9 in the 3700–4200 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 5925–6425 MHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands at 177 degrees WL to modify an altered frequency channel plan for certain transponders was granted. The FCC noted all the conditions associated with NSS-9's Permitted List authorization continue to apply.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.