FCC Approves Another Milestone Extension Request from TerreStar
[Satellite Today 11-14-08] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a request by TerreStar Networks for another extension of its satellite launch milestone for TerreStar-1 (TS-1) from Sept. 30, 2008 to Jun. 30, 2009, and its operational milestone from Nov. 30, 2008 to Aug. 30, 2009, TerreStar announced Nov. 14.
In October 2007, the FCC and Industry Canada (IC) granted Terrestar an extension of its satellite launch milestone from November 2007 to September 2008. In September 2008, IC granted a request by TerreStar Networks Canada for a similar extension of its remaining milestone requirement to Aug. 30, 2009.
"We continue to achieve tremendous progress and solid performance with TS-1," TerreStar CTO Dennis Matheson said in a statement. "We are now finalizing the TS-1 satellite control network to support launch which is expected in June 2009.”