NAV Canada, FAA Team For Navigation Upgrade

By | October 4, 2004 | Feature

WB Holdings 1 LLC, an affiliated organization of fledgling satellite broadband service WildBlue, filed a request for Special Temporary Authority to operate its Ka-band payload (29250 MHz-30000 MHz, 8350 MHz-28600 MHz and 19700 MHz-20200 MHz) on the Intelsat Americas 8 (IA-8) satellite at WildBlue’s 109.2 degrees W longitude orbital location for 60 days, after the launch of IA-8 in mid-November. Intelsat North America LLC is launching the satellite, and WildBlue would operate its payload on a non- interference basis.

Intelsat, an investor in startup WildBlue, bought the Intelsat Americas satellite still under construction from Loral Skynet earlier this year. The deployment of the new satellite at the 109.2 degrees W orbital slot would help WildBlue fulfill mandates from the International Telecommunication Union that a spacecraft occupy the location. It appears WildBlue is benefiting from its partner Intelsat in more ways than just obtaining additional financial support.

(Tony Trujillo, Intelsat, 202/944-7835)

NAV Canada, FAA Team For Navigation Upgrade

Ottawa, Canada-based NAV Canada reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to extend the benefits of satellite-navigation technology to all aircraft operators that fly in Canadian airspace.

The agreement will expand the FAA’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) into Canada after the construction of four monitoring stations. The pact should improve Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation performance significantly for satellite-based approaches in Canada and in the northern part of the lower 48 contiguous states by late 2005.

Receivers on aircraft would be able to use GPS/WAAS signals to pinpoint lateral and vertical position to within 2 meters with high reliability. The technology would allow pilots to fly approaches with vertical guidance in cloud cover as low as 250 feet above the ground without any approach-system infrastructure at an airport. GPS approaches now in use do not provide such vertical guidance, and typical minimum altitudes are between 100 feet to 300 feet higher.

(John Morris, NAV Canada, 613/563-7032)

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