Satellite Update for Sept. 7, 2012

From FCC Report SAT-00893, “Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing”:

• New Skies Satellites B.V. filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling for SES-6 to be added to the Permitted List. New Skies requested SES-6, located at 40.5 degrees west longitude (WL), be permitted to provide fixed satellite service (FSS) to the U.S. market using 3625-3700 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz, 4500-4800 MHz, 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.2-11.45 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz, and 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 5850-5925 MHz, 5925-6425 MHz, 6725-7025 MHz, 11.7-12.2 GHz, 13.75-14.0 GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space). This application requests use of C-band frequencies not commonly used in the United States. New Skies also requested authority to provide direct-to-home service from SES-6 within the United States, between the United States and the Netherlands, between the United States and other European Union member stations, between the United States and Mexico and between the United States and Brazil, the Netherlands Antilles, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Cayman Islands. New Skies requested several waivers of FCC rules in connection with these requests.

• Orbcomm License Corp filed an amendment to its application to modify its non-voice, non-geostationary mobile satellite service (Little LEO) system. Changes include a revision of its deployment plan for its next-generation satellites, revision of its orbital debris mitigation showing and details of the launch mission profile for its first next-generation satellite. This profile would place its first satellite in a circular operational orbit with a target inclination of 51.7 degrees at a target altitude of 750 kilometers in a separate, single-satellite orbital plane. The remaining 17 next-generation satellites would be deployed in four evenly phased orbital planes, with three planes consisting of four satellites each, and the fourth plane consisting of five satellites, each plane with a target inclination of 52 degrees and target operational altitude of 750 kilometers. Part of the filing also requested modification or waiver to extend by six months its fourth satellite implementation milestone requiring Orbcomm to complete construction of and launch its first two next-generation satellites by Sept. 21, 2012, and to require deployment of one satellite instead of two.

From FCC Report SAT-00894, “Actions Taken”:

• The FCC International Bureau’s Satellite Division granted Dish Operating LLC special temporary authority (STA) for 180 days to continue to operate EchoStar 7 using its authorized DBS channels 1-21 at 118.8 degrees WL.

DirecTV Enterprises LLC received special temporary authority (STA) for 60 days, commencing September 3, 2012, to conduct telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) operations necessary to drift DirecTV 1R from 109.8 degrees WL to 56.16 east longitude (EL) using specified Ku-band frequencies.

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.