Satellite Update - Sept. 26 2008

A review of the FCC's latest actions affecting the satellite industry.

The FCC granted EchoStar Corp. special temporary authority (STA) for 30 days, effective Sept. 12, to perform telemetry, tracking, and command operations during the relocation of the EchoStar 8 satellite from 110 degrees west longitude (WL) to 77 degrees WL.

The FCC also listed EchoStar's request seeking continuation of operations of EchoStar 8 at 109.8 degrees WL as granted. PanAmSat's request for STA to operate PAS-9, also known as PAS-5 or Intelsat 5, at 26.15 degrees east longitude (EL) until Oct. 30, 2008 was granted. The FCC International Bureau granted a request from Satellite CD Radio, Inc. to modify its existing Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) constellation by launching and operating an NGSO satellite FM-6 to replace existing satellites FM-1 and FM-2. FM-6 will operate with an orbital plane halfway between the orbits of FM-1 and FM-2 and will be located 180 degrees opposite Satellite CD Radio's other satellite, FM-3, using the 2320-2332.5 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 7050-7072.5 MHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.

For additional information these actions, withdrawal of another SES Americom launch and operating authority, and ViaSat meeting its contract execution milestone, see FCC Report SAT-00555.