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FCC Returns Lockheed Martin App For Launch Authority

By | July 13, 2004

      The FCC informed Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] in a July 9 letter that the agency could not act on the company’s April 27, 1999 application (subsequently amended July 30, 2003) to launch and operate satellites at three different orbital slots. The slots at 79 degrees West longitude, 71 degrees East longitude and 131.8 degrees East longitude were to be used in conjunction with a regional positioning-system, radio-navigation satellite service.

      In its letter, the FCC said Lockheed Martin did not “specify the center frequencies it plans to use for its proposed [tracking, telemetry and command] functions” and it asked the company to further amend its application to provide that information. The agency also dismissed parts of the application because certain requests violated a space-station application freeze.

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