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EchoStar requested special temporary authority (STA) commencing no later than May 15, 2005 and lasted for up to 180 days to move EchoStar 4 from 157 degrees west longitude (WL) to 77 degrees WL. This location is assigned to Mexico. If the move is approved EchoStar 4 will be operated by QuetzSat S. de R.L. de C.V., which is licensed by the Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transportation. XM Radio requested STA to operate a low power terrestrial repeater (less than 2 kW EIRP) at the weekly PGA Tour events occurring at various locations and dates. For information on these and other application see FCC Report SAT-00286.

The FCC granted, with conditions, SkyTerra Communications' application to launch and operate its SKYTERRA-1 Ka-band satellite at 95.0 degrees WL using the 18.3-18.8 GHz and 19.8-20.2 GHz bands for space-to-Earth communication and the 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.25-29.5 GHz bands for Earth-to-space links. SkyTerra also received approval for its SKYTERRA-2 Ka-band satellite using the same frequency bands at the same orbital location. Intelsat's application to move INTELSAT 605 from 32.9 degrees East Longitude (EL) to 174.04 degrees EL was approved. The satellite operates in the 3625-4200, 5850-6425, 10950-11200, 11450-11700, and 14000-14500 MHz frequency bands. EchoStar's application to modify its current authorization to launch and operate EchoStar-97W was granted with conditions. EchoStar-97W will use the frequency bands 18.3-18.8 GHz and 19.7-20.2 GHz for space-to-Earth links and 28.35-28.6 GHz and 29.25-30.0 GHz for Earth-to-space communications. SES Americom was granted STA to relocate AMC-15 to 113.075 degrees WL and commence operations of the spacecraft's Ka-band payload and Ku-band telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) with an East/West station-keeping tolerance of 0.025 degrees until May 21, 2005. For additional details on these grants and for non-technical grants not listed here, see FCC Report SAT-00287.