Goto Section: 25.163 | 25.165 | Table of Contents
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 25.164 Milestones.
(a) The recipient of an initial license for a GSO space station, other
than a DBS space station, SDARS space station, or replacement space
station as defined in § 25.165(e), must launch the space station,
position it in its assigned orbital location, and operate it in
accordance with the station authorization no later than 5 years after
the grant of the license, unless a different schedule is established by
Title 47, Chapter I, or the Commission.
(b)(1) The recipient of an initial authorization for an NGSO satellite
system, other than an SDARS system, must launch 50 percent of the
maximum number of space stations authorized for service, place them in
their assigned orbits, and operate them in accordance with the station
authorization no later than 6 years after the grant of the
authorization, unless a different schedule is established by Title 47,
Chapter I. This paragraph does not apply to replacement NGSO space
stations as defined in § 25.165(e).
(2) A licensee that satisfies the requirement in paragraph (b)(1) of
this section must launch the remaining space stations necessary to
complete its authorized service constellation, place them in their
assigned orbits, and operate each of them in accordance with the
authorization no later than nine years after the grant of the
(f) A licensee subject to the requirements in paragraph (a) or (b) of
this section must either demonstrate compliance with the applicable
requirement or notify the Commission in writing that the requirement
was not met, within 15 days after the specified deadline. Compliance
with a milestone requirement in paragraph (a) or (b) of this section
may be demonstrated by certifying pursuant to § 25.121(d) that the space
station(s) in question, has, or have, been launched and placed in the
authorized orbital location or non-geostationary orbit(s) and that
in-orbit operation of the space station or stations has been tested and
found to be consistent with the terms of the authorization.
(g) Licensees of satellite systems that include both NGSO satellites
and GSO satellites must meet the requirement in paragraph (a) of this
section with respect to the GSO satellite(s) and the applicable
requirements in paragraph (b) of this section with respect to the NGSO
(h) In cases where the Commission grants a satellite authorization in
different stages, such as a license for a satellite system using feeder
links or inter-satellite links, the earliest of the milestone schedules
will be applied to the entire satellite system.
[ 68 FR 51507 , Aug. 27, 2003, as amended at 69 FR 51587 , Aug. 20, 2004;
79 FR 8320 , Feb. 12, 2014; 81 FR 55334 , Aug. 18, 2016; 82 FR 59985 ,
Dec. 18, 2017]
Goto Section: 25.163 | 25.165
Goto Year: 2020 |
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