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Satellite Update

SES Americom requested special temporary authority (STA) to test its AMC-23 spacecraft at 170 degrees West Longitude (WL) for a period of up to 120 days following launch, currently scheduled for December 2005. Operation at that location will permit testing to occur without disrupting existing customers at 172 degrees East Longitude (EL), according to SES. See FCC Report SAT-00312 for additional information.

The FCC granted PanAmSat Licensee Corp.'s applications to change the authorized orbital location of C-band satellite GALAXY-9, from 127.0 degrees WL to 90.9 degrees WL. A request from EchoStar Satellite LLC to conduct Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) with its satellite (call sign S2621) and operate it at the 77 degree WL location on a non-harmful interference basis for 30 days was granted by the FCC, with several conditions. For more information on both actions, see FCC Report SAT-00313.