Satellite Update for Aug. 9, 2013

From FCC Report SAT-00964: “Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing:”

• Intelsat License LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to provide fixed satellite service (FSS) via Intelsat 5 in inclined orbit at 50.15 degrees east longitude (EL) using the 3700-4200 MHz, 10.70-10.95 GHz, 11.2-11.45 GHz and 11.45-11.7 GHz frequency bands (space-to-Earth) and 12.75-13.25 GHz and 14.0-14.25 GHz bands (Earth-to-space). Requested telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) center frequencies are 14.498 GHz and 13.999 GHz (Earth-to-space); 11.451 GHz, 11.452 GHz, and 11.454 GHz (space-to-Earth).

• Planet Labs requested authority to launch and operate 28 non-geostationary-orbit remote sensing satellites that would use the 8025-8400 MHz band to transmit image and telemetry data to Earth. The 2025-2110 GHz band, which is used by broadcasters for electronic news gathering, would be used to send command signals to the spacecraft. Planet Labs also requested use of 401-402 MHz and 449.75-450.25 MHz for early-phase and emergency backup TT&C operations. The satellites would operate at initial altitudes between 380 and 410 km and continue operation until orbital altitude dropped to 200 km.

From FCC Report SAT-00965: “Actions Taken:”

•The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division added the Hispamar Satélites S.A. Satellite Amazonas-3 to the Commission's Ka-band Permitted List. Amazonas-3 is located at 61 degrees west longitude. U.S. market access is now allowed using the 18.3-18.8 GHz and 19.7-20.2 GHz bands (space-to-Earth) and 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.5-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space). Access is also allowed in the 28.10-28.35 GHz band (Earth-to-space) on a secondary basis for gateway earth station operations only. Amazonas-3 was previously authorized to provide C-band and Ku-band services in the U.S. Amazonas-3 is licensed by the Administration of Brazil.

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.