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Satellite Update — Mar. 6, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00583:

  • • ViaSat, Inc filed an amendment to its Letter of Intent to operate a Ka-band satellite at 115.1 degrees west longitude (WL). It requested authority to add the 18.8-19.3 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequency band on a non-interfering basis and the 28.6-29.1 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands on a secondary basis. ViaSat also requested permission to move certain telemetry, tracking and command carriers to different frequencies within the conventional Ka-band frequency band. ViaSat requested waivers allowing use of these frequencies on a non-interference basis and of Section 25.210(i) which requires cross-polarization isolation information. ViaSat's original Letter of Intent was to operate VIASAT-IOM at 115.1 degrees WL under authority of Isle of Man using the 18.3-18.8 GHz, 19.7-20.2 GHz, 28.1-28.6 GHz and 29.5-30.0 GHz frequency bands. It also requested certain waivers of the FCC rules.

From FCC Report SAT-00584.

  • • The FCC granted special temporary authority (STA) to Intelsat North America LLC allowing it to conduct telemetry, tracking and command operations with the Galaxy 26 space station as part of the drift of the space station from 93.0 degrees WL to 50.75 degrees east longitude. The STA commenced Feb. 20, 2009 and is valid for 30 days.

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