FCC Sends Back Sirius Satellite Launch App
May 16, 2008 at 1:00 PM (PT)
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO (as SATELLITE CD RADIO, INC.) has its application to launch and operate its FM-6 satellite returned as defective by the FCC but will be allowed to refile without prejudice.
The letter rejecting the application says that SIRIUS did not disclose adequately specific information about the satellite's orbit and whether the apogee and perigee submitted are target values or an "outer boundary." The information is required to determine the probability that the satellite would become a source of space junk after colliding with other objects. SIRIUS is also being asked to correct a conflict between cross-polar isolation numbers in its application.
If SIRIUS refiles with a corrected but otherwise identical application, the FCC says that it will not charge an application fee.