DBS' Ku-band (12.2-12.7 GHz)

Main transponders 16
Backup transponders
Power 120 W (TWTA)
Bandwidth 24 MHz
Coverage Continental US
EIRP max 52 dBW
Polarization LHCP & RHCP

The system can be configured as 8 transponders with 240 W power to provide 2.9 dBW more.

The DSS architecture can broadcast 40Mbits/sec per transponder in either of two error control modes. In High mode, 30Mbps is allocated to information and 10Mbps to error control. In Low mode, 23Mbps is allocated to information and 17Mbps is allocated to error control.

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