Satellite Update - Oct. 8, 2009

A review of the FCC's latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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From FCC Report SAT-00636 [PDF]:

  • Pegasus Development DBS Corporation requested authority from the FCC to construct, launch and operate a 17/24 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) space station at 95 degrees west longitude (WL) at full power and with full interference protection using the 17.3-17.7 GHz and 17.7-17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 24.75-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. Telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) operations would use frequencies at the edges of the requested frequency bands. In its application, Pegasus requested waivers of some FCC rules, including the geographic service requirements, as necessary.

  • DirecTV Enterprises LLC, requested authority to construct, launch and operate a hybrid satellite containing both BSS DirecTV RB-2 and Ka-band transponders. DirecTV 12 at 102.765 degrees WL. The DirecTV RB-2 BSS application was for reduced power operation without full interference protection using the 17.3-17.7 (space-to-Earth) and 24.75-25.15 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. The DirecTV 12 Ka-band application requested 18.3-18.8 GHz and 19.7-20.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.25-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. TT&C operations would be at the edges of the requested Ka frequency bands. DirecTV requested a waiver of FCC cross-polarization requirements.
  • SkyTerra Subsidiary LLC requested modification of its SkyTerra-1 1.5/1.6 GHz mobile satellite service space station to allow use of the Geostationary Mobile Satellite Adaptation and Geostationary Mobile Radio 3-G air interface protocols.
  • XM Radio has requested special temporary authority to operate a satellite digital radio service terrestrial repeater with an effective isotropically radiated power of up to 2,000 W (average) at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas using the 2332.5-2345 MHz frequency band.

From FCC Report SAT-00637 [PDF]:

  • The FCC granted a request from PanAmSat Licensee Corp. for authority to construct, launch and operate a C/Ku-band geostationary orbit satellite, Intelsat-14 at 45 degrees WL. The satellite will use the 3700-4200 MHz and 11.45.-11.95 GHz bands (space-to-Earth) and the 5925-6425 MHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.
  • The FCC changed the status of EchoStar Corporation's application to continue to conduct TT&C operations necessary to maintain EchoStar 8 satellite at 77 degrees WL to “granted” and allowed EchoStar to operate EchoStar 8 at that location. EchoStar also received STA, for 30 days, to perform TT&C operations on a non-harmful interference basis during the relocation of EchoStar 1 to 77.15 degrees WL.