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New ICO Satellite Services G.P. has filed an amendment to its pending milestone extension application. It is seeking to extend the launch milestone date for its 2 GHz satellite (which will use part of the reallocated BAS 2 GHz spectrum) from Nov. 30, 2007 to April 15, 2008 and extend its final milestone for certifying the entire system is operational from Dec. 31, 2007 to May 15, 2008. Even if this extension is granted, the system will be operational before the BAS 2 GHz transition is completed, according to an earlier filing by broadcasters and Sprint-Nextel. From FCC Report SAT-00483.

The FCC determined DG Consents Sub Inc. has met the milestone associated with its authorization to launch its first satellite in its Earth-sensing system. This is one of the satellites that will be used to provide images for Google Earth. From FCC Report SAT-00484.

The FCC waived its rule requiring a Mobile Satellite Ventures Subsidiary LLC (MSV) to maintain an on-ground spare for its MSV-1 L-band MSS satellite and to rely on a reciprocal in-orbit backup arrangement, stating, “We conclude that grant of the requested waiver will strike an appropriate balance between ensuring continuity of satellite service to customers and minimizing cost burdens on the satellite operator.” For details on the arrangement between MSV and MSV Canada and waiver request, refer to Memorandum Opinion and Order (DA 07-4723).

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.