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Satellite Update

The FCC granted SES Americom authority to launch and operate Americom-23 (AMC-23), a hybrid C/Ku-band satellite at the 172 degrees east longitude (EL) orbital location. Also granted was SES Americom's request for a waiver of the cross-polarization isolations requirements, since it would not adversely affect any other operator and the only party to suffer an increase in interference would be SES Americom itself.

The FCC updated the Permitted Space Station list to reflect the change in ownership of Telstar 13 from Loral to Intelsat North America and the name change to Intelsat Americas 13 (IA-13). See the FCC International Bureau Report SAT-00227 for more information on the SES Americom and Intelsat Americas grants.

Columbia Communications filed an amendment to its pending modification updating its request for revised milestone dates for construction completion and launch of AMC-12, an authorized replacement satellite at 37.5 degrees west longitude (WL). Columbia requested a completion of construction milestone date of March 31, 2005 and a launch milestone of June 30, 2005. Mobile Satellite Ventures, Inc. filed an application to change the orbital location of its AMSC-1 satellite to specify operation at 100.95 degrees WL rather than at 101.00 degrees WL, as currently authorized. Details on both applications are in the FCC Public Notice Report SAT-00226.