Attachment SES-STA-20190429-005

SES-STA-20190429-005

DECISION submitted by FCC

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This document pretains to SES-STA-20190429-00556 for Special Temporal Authority on a Satellite Earth Station filing.


                                                 E170068      SES-STA-20190429-00556         1B2019001245
                                                 Thales Avionics, Inc.




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                            APPLICATION FOR EARTH STATION SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY



APPLICANT INf ORMATION Enter a description of this application to identify it on the main menu:
STA Request for Thales ESAA services using Telenor Thor—7 Satellite
 1. Applicant

           Name:        Thales Avionics, Inc.               Phone Number:                           571—255—4479
           DBA Name:                                        Fax Number:                             703—838—9692
           Street:      1110 W. Hibiscus Blvd.              f—Mail:                                 Pasquale.AMODIO@us.
                                                                                                    thalesgroup.corn


           City:        Melbourne                           State:                                  FL
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           Country:     USA                                 Zipcode:                                32091
           Attention:   Mr Pasquale Amodio




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    2. Contact

                 Name:         Pat Amodio                             Phone Number:                      571—255—4479
                 Company:      Thales Avionics, Inc.                  Fax Number:                        703—838—9692
                 Street:       2733 South Crystal Dr                  E—Mail:                            pasquale.arnadious.thalesgroup.
                                                                                                         corn
                               Suite 1200
                 City:         Arlington                              State:                              VA
                 Country:      USA                                    Zipcode:                           22202      —2220
                 Attention:                                           Relationship:                       Other


    (If your application is related to an application filed with the Commission, enter either the file number or the 113 Submission ID of the related
    application. Please enter only one.)
     3. Reference File Number SESMFS2O 19042400544 or Submission ID
      4a. Is a fee submitted with this application?
       If Yes, complete and attach FCC form 159.         If No, indicate reason for fee exemption (see 47 C.RR.Section 1.1114).
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    o Governmental Entity c Noncommercial educational licensee
    o Other(please explain):
    4b. fee Classification    CGV   —   Fixed Satellite VSAT System
    5. Type Request


        Use Prior to Grant                                  Change Station Location                         Other
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    6. Requested Use Prior Date
          05/20/2019




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    1 1. Please supply any need attachments.
    Attachment it Thor—7 STA Narrative                Attachment 2:                                           Attachment 3:


    12. Description.   (If the complete description does not appear in this box, please go to the end of the form to view it in its entirety.)
         Thales Avionics,          Inc.    which currently holds a Ka—band ESAA license                               requests a 60—day
         Special Temporary Authority (STA) to operate up to 25 MCT—A ESAA terminals on the Telenor
         Satellite Thor—7 satellite starting on May 20, 2019.




    13. By checking Yes, the undersigned certifies that neither applicant nor any other party to the application is               Yes            No
    subject to a denial of Federal benefits that includes FCC benefits pursuant to Section 5301 of the Anti—Drug Act
    of 198$, 21 U.S.C. Section $62, because of a conviction for possession or distribution of a controlled substance.
    See 47 CFR 1.2002(b) for the meaning of "party to the application" for these purposes.


    14. Name of Person Signing                                                  15. Title of Person Signing
      Pat Amadio                                                                                      —
                                                                                   Senior Director Regulatory Compliance
               WILLFUL FALSE STATEMENTS MADE ON THIS FORM ARE PUNISHABLE BY FINE AND / OR IMPRISONMENT
                      (U.S. Code, Title 1$, Section 1001), AND/OR REVOCATION OF ANY STATION AUTHORIZATION
                       (U.S. Code. Title 47, Section 312(a)( I)), AND/OR FORFEITURE (U.S. Code, Title 47, Section 503).




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Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.                                            (or other idcntifier)
File Number: SES-STA-20190429-00556                                                   ,
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Call Sign:   E170068                             I International
                                                      GRANTED
Special Temporary Authority (“STA”)                                Bureau


Thales Avionics, Inc. (“Thales”) is granted to operate under special temporary authority for 60
days, beginning May 20, 2019, to operate up to 25 technically-identical earth station aboard
aircraft (ESAA) antennas (0.36 meter model MCT-A) for flight testing on 29500-30000 GHz
(Earth-to-space) and 19700-20200 GHz (space-to-Earth) frequencies to communicate with the
Norway administration’s Thor-7 satellite at the 0.65°W orbital location. Operations are subject to
the following conditions:

1.     Flight test shall be over the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Canada.

2.     Flight test shall not include U.S. airspace.

3.     Operations shall not exceed the 18.4 dBW/1MHz eirp density pursuant to Section
25.138(a)(l) as coordinated with Telenor Satellite operator on Thor-7 satellite and not exceed
any other emission designators currently authorized.

4.     ESAAs authorized must cease transmissions when the antenna-to-GSO skew angle for
antenna model MCT-A exceeds 40° and the off-axis EIRP spectral density emissions risk
harmful interference to GSO space station. The ESAA(s) may resume transmissions once the risk
of harmful interference has passed.

5.      Operations are on an unprotected and non-harmful interference basis. Thales must cease
operations immediately upon notification of such interference and must immediately inform the
Commission, in writing, of such an event.

6.      In the 17.8-20.2 GHz frequency range, in order to protect Federal satellite services, the
licensee shall communicate only with satellites whose operator has completed an agreement with
Federal operators pursuant to footnote US334 of the U.S. Table of Frequency Allocations, 47
C.F.R. § 2.106, and that agreement has been approved by both the Federal Communications
Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The
licensee’s operations pursuant to this authorization shall be consistent with such U5334
agreements.

7.      The antenna performance specifications do not comply with Sections 25.138(a) and
25.209 of the FCC Rules. The operation of these antennas will not be protected from harmful
interference caused by other geostationary satellite networks to the extent that harmful
interference would not be expected to be caused to an antenna that is compliant with the antenna
performance standards of Section 25.209.


8.     Waiver of Section 25.l38(a)(2) of the Commission Rules is granted. The antenna
performance specifications do not comply with Section 25.138(a)(2). The operation of these
antennas will not be protected from harmful interference caused by other geostationary satellite
networks to the extent that harmful interference would not be expected to be caused to an
antenna that is compliant with the antenna performance standards of Section 25.209.

9.       Thales must take all necessary measures to ensure that the operation authorized does not
create potential exposure of humans to radiofrequency radiation in excess of the FCC exposure
limits defined in 47 CFR 1.1307(b) and 1.1310. Measures must be taken to ensure compliance
with limits for both occupational/controlled exposure and for general populationluncontrolled
exposure, as defined in these rule sections. Requirements for restrictions can be determined by
predictions based on calculations, modeling or by field measurements. The FCC’s OET Bulletin
65 (available on-line at www.fcc.gov/oetlrfsafety) provides information on predicting exposure
levels and on methods for ensuring compliance, including the use of warning and alerting signs
and protective equipment for workers. The licensee shall ensure installation of terminals on
aircraft by qualified installers who have an understanding of the antenna’s radiation environment
and the measures best suited to maximize protection of the general public and persons operating
the aircraft and equipment. A terminal exhibiting radiation exposure levels exceeding 1.0
mW/cm2 in accessible areas, such as at the exterior surface of the radome, shall have a label
attached to the surface of the teiminal warning about the radiation hazard and shall include
thereon a diagram showing the regions around the terminal where the radiation levels could
exceed 1.0 mW/cm2.

10.     Transmitter(s) must be turned off during antenna maintenance to ensure compliance with
the FCC-specified safety guidelines for human exposure to radiofrequency radiation in the region
between the antenna feed and the reflector. Appropriate measures must also be taken to restrict
access to other regions in which the earth station’s power flux density levels exceed the specified
guidelines.

11.      Operations authorized pursuant to this license are operations by U.S.-registered aircraft
anywhere within the coverage arealfrequency bands identified in the application for the satellites
listed as points of communication. Operations authorized pursuant to this license also include
operations by non-U.S.-registered aircraft within U.S. territory, including territorial waters.

12.     Operation in the territory or airspace of any country other than the United States must
comply with the applicable laws, regulations, and licensing procedures of that country, as well as
with the conditions of this authorization.

13.    Antenna elevation for all operations must be at least three (3) degrees above the
geographic horizon while the aircraft is on the ground. Stub

14.    All operations shall be on a non-common carrier basis.


15.  The licensee shall comply with any pertinent limits established by the International Tele
communication Union to protect other services allocated internationally.

16.     The licensee must maintain a U.S. point of contact available 24 hours per day, seven days
per week, with the authority and ability to terminate operations authorized herein. The licensee
shall have available, at all times, the technical personnel necessary to perform supervision of
remote station operations: Thales Network Operations Center, 7415 Emerald Dunes Drive, Suite
2000, Orlando, FL 32822, Phone number: 407-812-2538, Email address is:
MOC@us.thalesgroup.com

17.      Operations authorized pursuant to this license are operations by U.S.-registered aircraft
anywhere within the coverage arealfrequency bands identified in the application for the satellites
listed as points of communication. Operations authorized pursuant to this license also include
operations by non-U.S.-registered aircraft within U.S. territory, including territorial waters.
Authorization for operations by U.S.-registered aircraft outside U.S. territory, pursuant to this
license, does not constitute a grant of access to the market in the United States under the
Commission’s DISCO II policies.

18.    All existing transmitting facilities, operations and devices regulated by the Commission
must comply with the Commission’s radiofrequency (RF) exposure guidelines, pursuant to
Section 1.1307(b)(l) through (b)(3) of the Commission’s rules, or if not in compliance, file an
Environ- mental Assessment (EA) as specified in Section 1.13 11. See 47 CFR § 1.1307(b)(5).

19.     ESAAs authorized herein must employ a tracking algorithm that is resistant to capturing
and tracking adjacent satellite signals, and each station must be capable of inhibiting its own
transmission in the event it detects unintended satellite tracking.

20.     ESAAs authorized herein must be monitored and controlled by a ground-based network
control and monitoring center. Such stations must be able to receive “enable transmission” and
“disable transmission” commands from the network control center and must cease transmission
immediately after receiving a “parameter change” command until receiving an “enable
transmission” command from the network control center. The network control center must
monitor operation of each ESAA to determine if it is malfunctioning, and each ESAA must self-
monitor and automatically cease transmission on detecting an operational fault that could cause
harmful interference to a fixed-satellite service network.

21.    Stations authorized herein must not be used to provide air traffic control communications.

22.     The ESAAs are authorized, on a non-protected and non-harmful interference basis, to
transmit to the following geostationary-orbit space stations: Thor-7 at orbital location 0.65° W
using the 29.5-30.0 GHz frequency band. The ESAAs authorized herein must immediately
terminate operations upon notification that such operation is causing harmful interference to any



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other radio system lawfully operating in the 29.5-30.0 GHz frequency band. The ESAAs
authorized herein cannot claim protection from harmful interference from any radio system
lawfully operating in the 29.5-30.0 GHz frequency band.

23.     The ESAAs are authorized, on a non-protected and non-harmful interference basis, to
receive downlink transmissions from the following geostationary-orbit space station: Thor-7 at
orbital location 0.65° W using the 19.7-20.2 GHz frequency band. The ESAAs operations
authorized herein must accept interference from any radio system lawfully operating in the 19.7-
20.2 GHz frequency band.

24.      Operations pursuant to this authorization must comply with the terms of the coordination
agreements with operators of Ka-band geostationary space stations within thirty angular degrees
of the target satellite Thor-7. In the event another GSO space station commences operation in
the 29.5-30.0 GHz frequency band at a location within thirty degrees of any of the target
satellites, ESAAs operating pursuant to this authorization must cease transmitting to the target
satellite(s) unless and until such operation has been coordinated with the new space station’s
operator or Thales demonstrates that such operation will not cause harmful interference to the
new co-frequency space station.

25.     Communications between Thales ESAAs and Thor-7 must comply with all existing and
future space station coordination agreements reached between Canada and other
Administrations.

26.     When operating in airspace within line-of-sight of the territory of a foreign administration
where Fixed Service networks have an allocation in the 28.35- 29.1 GHz or 29.5-30.0 GHz
frequency bands, the ESAAs must not exceed the following EIRP limits: +64 dBW in any 1
MHz band if Theta is less than or equal to 0° +64 + 3*Theta dBW in any 1 MHz band if Theta is
greater than 0° but less than or equal to 5°, where Theta is the angle of elevation of the horizon
viewed from the center of radiation of the antenna of the earth station and measured in degrees as
positive above the horizontal plane and negative below it.

27.    Operation of ESAAs authorized herein are subject to any requirements the Commission
may adopt in any future proceeding concerning operations in the 19.7-20.2 GHz(space-to-Earth)
frequency band and 29.5-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency band including, but not limited to,
ESAAs communicating with geostationary orbit space stations.

28.     The licensee must maintain records of the following data for each operating ESAA:
location (latitude, longitude, altitude); aircraft attitude (pitch, yaw, roll); transmit frequency and
occupied bandwidth; data rate; EIRP; and target satellite. This data must be recorded at intervals
of no more than one minute while an ESAA is transmitting and every 30 seconds when aircraft
roll angle is greater than 10 degrees. The licensee must also record instances when ESAA
pointing error exceeds 0.2 degrees. The licensee must make this data available upon request to a




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fixed-satellite service system operator or the Commission within 24 hours after receiving the
request.

29.     for purposes of this authorization, the term earth stations aboard aircraft, or ESAA, is
used to refer to any earth station on aircraft communicating with Fixed-Satellite Service (fSS)
geostationary-orbit (GSO) space stations, without reference to the technical and licensing rules
specifically adopted for earth stations on aircraft in the 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz, 11.7-
12.2 GHz, and 14.0-14.5 GHz frequency bands. See 47 C.f.R. § 25.227; Revisions to Parts 2
and 25 of the Commissions Rules to Govern the Use of Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft
Communicating with Fixed-Satellite Service Geostationary-Orbit Space Stations Operating in
the 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.34-11.7 GHz, 11.7-12.2 GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz Frequency Bands, lB
Docket No. 12-376, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Report and Order, FCC 12-161, 27
FCC Rcd 16510 (2012); Revisions of Parts 2 and 25 of the Commissions Rules to Govern the
Use of Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft Communicating with fixed-Satellite Service
Geostationary-Orbit Space Stations Operating in the 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz, 11.7-12.2
GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz frequency Bands, lB Docket No. 12-376, Second Report and Order on
Reconsideration, FCC 14-45, 29 FCC Rcd 4226 (2014). Nothing in this authorization extends
those technical and licensing rules to earth stations on aircraft not operating in those specified
frequency bands.

30.    Grant of this authorization is without prejudice to any determination that the Commission
may make regarding Thales’ pending application FCC fflFS file number SES-MFS-20190424-
00544 or future applications.

31.     Grant of operation under this special temporary authority does not constitute U.S. market
access.

This action is issued pursuant to Section 0.26 1 of the Commission’s rules on delegated authority,
47 C.F.R. § 0.261, and is effective immediately. Petitions for reconsideration under Section
1.106.




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                           Request for Special Temporary Authority
Thales Avionics, Inc. (“Thales”) which currently holds a Ka-band ESAA license1, pursuant to
Section 25.120(b)( 3) of the Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations
requests a 60-day Special Temporary Authority (STA) to operate up to 25 MCT-A ESAA terminals
on the Telenor Satellite Thor-7 satellite starting on May 20, 2019. On April 24, 2019, Thales
filed a license modification to add the Thor-7 satellite as a point of communication.2 The
modification also seeks to add one new transmit emission and two new receive emissions.
Thales has designed their modification filing under the requirements of §25.138 for operation
of GSO FSS at Ka-band, the existing FCC Rules governing ESAA, §25.227, and previously granted
licenses for ESAAs using GSO FSS at Ka-band. Thales operations under this STA will be consistent
with the criteria proposed in the modification application and will adhere to any commission
STA provisions.

The grant of this STA is in the public interest because it will allow Thales to meet urgent
customer requirements for provision of aeronautical, two-way in-flight broadband data services
to airline passengers, crews, and operations. In particular, this service will provide much
needed aeronautical connectivity to transatlantic flights in the densely-traveled air corridor
between North America and the UK and Europe.

The Thales ESAA operation under this STA is fully consistent with the FCC policies and all the
terms of their existing license. Telenor Satellite has coordinated the operations of this service
with adjacent satellite operators and the downlink PFD levels are compliant with the levels
specified in §25.138(a)(6).

Thales ESAA operations under this STA on Thor-7 at orbital location 0.65° W.L. will:

    -   be flight tested using a leased aircraft, before providing aeronautical connectivity
        services to Air Canada
    -   be over the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Canada
    -   not use U.S. airspace
    -   operate between 29.5-30 GHz on the uplink and 19.7-20.2 GHz on the downlink

The uplink power will be 45.4 dBW and the EIRP density is 18.4 dBW/4 kHz, values which are
slightly lower (0.1 dB) than those in the existing referenced license.

Thales respectfully seeks from the Commission an expedited grant of this STA since the ESAA
operations are consistent with FCC policies, the operations use currently-licensed ESAA
terminals, and operations will not cause interference into existing GSO or NGSO systems.


  See FCC File No. SES-LIC-20170217-00183, Call Sign E170068, granted on 07/07/2017. The MCT-A terminal is
identified as AES1 and the license provides for operation of up to 250 terminals.
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  See FCC File No. SES-MFS-20190424-00544, filed on 04/24/2019. The modification requests operation on Thor-7
at 0.65 degrees west longitude. It also adds 1 uplink emission designator 1MOOG7D between 29.5-30 GHz and 2
new receive emission designators, 22M8G7D and 1M4G7D, in the 19.7-20.2 6Hz band.



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