Satellite Update - Sept. 3, 2009

A review of the FCC's latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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From FCC Report SAT-00628 (PDF):

  • • Intelsat North America LLC applied for authority to launch and operate a Ka-band satellite, Galaxy KA at 89.1 degrees west longitude (WL). Intelsat wants to use Galaxy KA to provide fixed satellite service (FSS) and direct-to-home (DTH) services in the 28.35-28.6 GHz (Earth-to-space), 29.25-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space), 18.3-18.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 19.7-20.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequency bands. Intelsat requested use of parts of the 5925-6425 MHz (Earth-to-space) and 3700-4200 MHz (space-to-Earth) bands for telemetry, command and ranging during transfer orbit operations and for emergency operations. The request asks for waivers, as needed, of some Part 25 rules.

From FCC Report SAT-00629 (PDF):

  • • The FCC Satellite Division, on its own motion, designed some applications from SkyTerra Subsidiary LLC to modify its authority to operate its current and future mobile satellite service system using certain L-band frequencies at "permit-but-disclose." The FCC said designating these proceedings as "permit-but-disclose" will facilitate resolution of the complex policy issues raised by SkyTerra's applications SAT-MOD-20090813-00088, SAT-MOD-20090813-00089, and SES-MOD-20090813-00997. For details on these applications, use the "search" feature available in the upper left of the FCC IBFS Web page.