The name of a satellite network constitutes the identity of a specific satellite. It should be unique for each satellite network.
An identity for a geostationary-satellite network can only correspond to one nominal orbital position; it is not possible to have one satellite name at two or more nominal orbital positions.
Although it is possible to indicate the orbital position in the name, due to the possibility of changing orbital position from one phase to another, this could result in confusion. Administrations are therefore discouraged from indicating the orbital position in the satellite name, although doing so will still be accepted by the Bureau.
When an administration requests to change an orbital position of a satellite network which would conflict with an orbital position that is indicated in its name, the Bureau shall advise the notifying administration to change the name of the satellite network so as to reflect the current orbital position.
Any request to change the name of a satellite network will be checked against the guidelines listed below. If such a request is found to be acceptable, the name change will be effected for all Article 9
filings in the SNS relating to this satellite network. For example, if a change of name is requested at the stage of notification, the Bureau will update this change in the advance publication (API), coordination request (CR/C) and Resolution 49
due diligence information as appropriate, in addition to publishing it in the notification. For filings under Appendices 30
, the satellite name at the notification stage may be different to the name recorded in the relevant Plan or List. The Bureau maintains a list of name-changes of satellite networks that can be consulted at the following URL: http://www.itu.int/ITU-R/space/snl/name_change/index.asp
Within a satellite filing, associated earth stations with the same name shall contain the same set of characteristics. However, the same name can be used for an associated earth station with different characteristics if it is used in a different satellite filing.