Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

1426-EX-ST-2019

Status: Pending


2019-08-02

Filing Notes:

DescriptionDate
Modification of license to increase maximum altitude and change contract information.2016-05-17
Application Form:
OET Special Temporary Authority Report
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY

Applicant Name
Name of Applicant:  Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Address
Attention: DS LAW PLLC
Street Address: 1629 K St NW Ste 300
P.O. Box:
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip Code: 20006-1631
Country:
E-Mail Address: [email protected]

Best Contact
Give the following information of person who can best handle inquiries pertaining to this application:  
Last Name: David
First Name: Siddall
Title: outside counsel
Phone Number: 202-559-4690

Explanation
Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:
Northrop Grumman requests approval to use the below-described VADER radar and the TCDL in a short duration experiment.This request is to obtain two fixed frequencies for the TCDL datalink; 14.77 GHz (Airborne downlink) and 15.2 GHz (Ground uplink). The TCDL radio will work on any other channel assigned on 5 MHz steps between 14.435 GHz and 14.795 MHz, and again on 5 MHz steps between 15.185 GHz and 15.315 GHz, so another channel within these ranges would be acceptable. The radiating equipment consists of the Northrop Grumman VADER radar system and the L3 Communications Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL). The VADER radar has an FCC license (WE2XIO, 0104-EX-ML-2016) for multiple locations for operations from 16.2 – 17.4 GHz, but not for this location. This application also requests that the permitted frequencies be expanded to 16.0 – 17.4 GHz.

Purpose of Operation
Please explain the purpose of operation:  This is a demonstration effort to collect data for ground dismounted target location and tracking, and transmission of data information to a ground station. One node of the TCDL data link will be on the Northrop Grumman owned aircraft with the radar, the other will be at a fixed ground location on the Grand Forks Air Force Base aircraft ramp. A high gain directional antenna will be used with tracking software to keep the antennas pointed to either the test aircraft or the ground station. The objective is to collect data supporting a potential US Government contract award. The TCDL has been reviewed and approved by the Military Communications Electronics Board (MCEB), J/F 12/07834 for operations in the US&P (see MCEB Note to Holder dated 3 Sep 2014). The TCDL has RFA’s (Serial Numbers AR 111049, AR 111051 and AR 111053) for the MD/DE/VA area but not for the area of this demo.

Information
Callsign: WP9XCF
Class of Station: FX MO
Nature of Service: Experimental

Requested Period of Operation
Operation Start Date: 08/21/2019
Operation End Date: 12/31/2019

Manufacturer
List below transmitting equipment to be installed (if experimental, so state) if additional rows are required, please submit equipment list as an exhibit:  
Manufacturer Model Number No. Of Units Experimental
Northrop Grumman NP269K042G03 1 No
L3 Communications TCDL AN/MSQ-141(V) 2 No
Northrop Grumman AESA VADER antenna NP167K600G02 1 No
L3 TCDL 9.5 inch parabolic dish ant 60030200+000 2 No

Certification
Neither the applicant nor any other party to the application is subject to a denial of Federal benefits that includes FCC benefits pursuant to Section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 U.S.C. Section 862, because of a conviction for possession or distribution of a controlled substance. The applicant hereby waives any claim to the use of any particular frequency or electromagnetic spectrum as against the regulatory power of the United States because of the prvious use of the same, whether by license or otherwise, and requests authorization in accordance with this application. (See Section 304 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.) The applicant acknowledges that all statements made in this application and attached exhibits are considered material representations, and that all the exhibits part hereof and are incorporated herein as if set out in full in this application; undersigned certifies that all statements in this application are true, complete and correct to the best of his/her knowledge and belief and are made in good faith. Applicant certifies that construction of the station would NOT be an action which is likely to have a significant environmental effect. See the Commission's Rules, 47 CFR1.1301-1.1319.
Signature of Applicant (Authorized person filing form): Kevin Nekula
Title of Applicant (if any): RF Spectrum and Licensing
Date: 2019-08-01 00:00:00.0

Station Location
City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Grand Forks AFB North Dakota North  47  57  24 West  97  23  37 maximum altitude of 25,000 feet MSL 110.00
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   No
Exhibit submitted:   No
(a) Width of beam in degrees at the half-power point:  
(b) Orientation in horizontal plane:  
(c) Orientation in vertical plane:  
Will the antenna extend more than 6 meters above the ground, or if mounted on an existing building, will it extend more than 6 meters above the building, or will the proposed antenna be mounted on an existing structure other than a building?   No
(a) Overall height above ground to tip of antenna in meters:  
(b) Elevation of ground at antenna site above mean sea level in meters:  
(c) Distance to nearest aircraft landing area in kilometers:  
(d) List any natural formations of existing man-made structures (hills, trees, water tanks, towers, etc.) which, in the opinion of the applicant, would tend to shield the antenna from aircraft:
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 14.77000000- GHz MO 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 21M4G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 14.77000000- GHz MO 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 45M0G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 14.77000000- GHz MO 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 64M0G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 14.77000000- GHz MO 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 800KG1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 14.77000000- GHz MO 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 8M00G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 15.20000000- GHz FX 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 21M4G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 15.20000000- GHz FX 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 45M0G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 15.20000000- GHz FX 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 64M0G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 15.20000000- GHz FX 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 800KG1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 15.20000000- GHz FX 2.000000 W 485.000000 W P 8M00G1D BPSK, OQPSK, DSSS
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 16.00000000-17.40000000 GHz MO 256.000000 W 1.060000 MW P 600MQ3N LFM

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