TerreStar, the company formed to build a terrestrial wireless and satellite network, will get more time to reach some government-mandated milestones.
The company announced the FCC granted TerreStar Networks a request for an extension of its satellite launch milestone from Sept. 30, 2008, to June 30, 2009, and its operational milestone from Nov. 30, 2008, to Aug. 30, 2009. TerreStar had requested the extension because of issues that came up during construction of its satellite reflector.
Industry Canada has given TerreStar’s Canadian operations a similar extension.
The company said progress on the construction of the TerreStar-1 satellite (TS-1) has reached a “very advanced” stage at Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) in Palo Alto, Calif. The S-Band feed array recently completed final testing and is being integrated onto the satellite. The S-Band reflector, being constructed by Harris Corporation in Palm Bay, Fla., recently completed its first hands-free deployment.
Ground support systems also are progressing, including acceptance of the North Las Vegas, Nev., feeder link facilities and construction of the Telemetry Monitoring, Tracking and Control facilities in Allan Park, Ontario, the company said.
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