Satellite Update

A review of the FCC's latest actions affecting the satellite industry.

ICO Satellite Services requested a six-month extension of the remaining milestone dates for launching ICO G1, a 2 GHz geostationary satellite and for commencing operation of its 2 GHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) system. If granted, the launch milestone would change from Nov. 30, 2007, to Jan. 15, 2008, and the deadline for the entire system to be operational would move from Dec. 31, 2007, to Feb. 15, 2008. From FCC Report SAT-00466.

Hughes Communications received Special Temporary Authority (STA) to conduct in-orbit testing of its Spaceway 3 satellite at 94.95 degrees West Longitude for 30 days starting Aug. 14, 2007. Sirius Satellite Radio was granted STA to operate an indoor terrestrial repeater with an EIRP of up to 200 W and up to five indoor repeaters with EIRP up to 0.0001 W at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 21-25, at the CEDIA EXPO 2007 in Denver, Sept. 3-9. This information is from FCC Report SAT-00467.