The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued its first Vehicle-Mounted Earth Station (VMES) License for all satellites to General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies for the Company's Satcom-On-the-Move (SOTM) terminals.
The license allows SATCOM Technologies to operate up to 50 each of its four different Satcom-on-the-Move terminals on any satellite used in the United States. The FCC's action follows a 2009 'Report and Order to Implement Regulations for Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations,' which set the stage for full commercial licensing of wide-band FSS Ku-band satellite terminals mounted on land vehicles operating in the United States.
SATCOM Technologies' Chief Technology Officer, Tim Shroyer, said, "The new FCC license confirms General Dynamics' approach to SOTM design and operation. Our Satcom-on-the-Move terminals may serve as the model for the same types of systems all over the world."
Shroyer added that under the FCC's VMES license SATCOM Technologies will obtain:
- Blanket licensing, permitting individual terminals and entire networks of VMES terminals to be covered under one commercial license.
- A 15 year license term, ensuring a known baseline technical operation.
- ALSAT authorization, which allows the use of any and all satellites permitted by the FCC without further license additions or modifications.
- Primary status for FSS Ku-Band frequencies - similar use authorization to any other fixed FSS Ku-Band terminal - and secondary authorization for the international Ku-Band downlink frequency band.
The FCC's VMES regulations establish technical requirements to ensure that VMES transmissions affect FSS Ku-Band satellites in exactly the same way as any other FSS Ku-Band transmission. Requirements include uplink power density limitations and antenna pointing accuracy which ensure that higher levels of interference cannot be transmitted toward adjacent satellites.
"General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies has been working with the FCC for more than five years to establish VMES regulations," Shroyer added. "The Company's Satcom-on-the-Move terminals combine excellent antenna pointing accuracy with careful uplink power density control to maximize data throughput performance on desired satellites while preventing interference to adjacent satellites."
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