Cablevision Systems Corp. has asked the Federal Communications Commission for
an extension until Aug. 31 to launch a direct-broadcast satellite, a Cablevision
spokesperson said Thursday.
Newsday reported that Cablevision could not meet the FCC's existing May
31 deadline due to "welding defects found in portions of the new Lockheed Martin
[Corp.] Atlas V" rocket used to launch DBS satellites.
"Lockheed Martin requires additional time to prepare for the launch. Such
delays are not an uncommon occurrence in the satellite industry, and we have
communicated on several occasions with the FCC on the matter. We plan to launch
the satellite as soon as possible," the Cablevision spokesperson