Public radio currently leases four C-band transponders on Intelsat's Galaxy 16 satellite. Galaxy 16 is a high-power satellite with 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, providing complete geographic coverage of the entire United States. The satellite's orbital position is 99 degrees west longitude (W.L.).
Station downlinks utilizing the PRSS must be capable of receiving signals from Galaxy 16. They must also be capable of receiving signals from the two additional orbital locations to which the PRSS would transfer operations in the event of primary satellite failure. These two backup orbital locations are 95° and 127° W.L. In addition, station downlinks must utilize an interconnection that provides an L-band signal from the antenna to the satellite receiver location.