WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 9, 2004 (March 8, 2004)

                          SkyTerra Communications, Inc.
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

     Delaware                      000-13865                     23-2368845
 (State or Other             (Commission File No.)             (IRS Employer
 Jurisdiction of                                            Identification No.)

            19 West 44th Street, Suite 507, New York, New York 10036
          (Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)

                                 (212) 730-7540
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

         (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

ITEM 5.  Other Events

On March 9, 2004, the Company issued the press release filed herewith as Exhibit
99.1, which is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 7.  Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits.

(c)  Exhibits

Number         Description
------         -----------

99.1           Press release issued by SkyTerra Communications, Inc. on
               March 9, 2004.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereto duly authorized.

                                            SKYTERRA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

DATE: March 9, 2004                         By: /s/ Robert C. Lewis
                                           Name:   Robert C. Lewis
                                           Title:  Senior Vice President and
                                                   General Counsel

                                                                  Exhibit 99.1

SkyTerra Communications, Inc.                           Contact:
19 W. 44th St., Suite 507                               Robert Lewis
New York, New York 10036                                Senior Vice President
                                                        and General Counsel


March 9, 2004, SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (OTC BB: SKYT) announced today that
it has executed an asset purchase agreement to acquire, through a newly formed
subsidiary, substantially all of the assets and business of Verestar, Inc. and
its subsidiaries, which are currently in bankruptcy. As part of the transaction,
SkyTerra will also acquire the outstanding equity of Verestar A.G., Verestar's
non-bankrupt Swiss operating subsidiary. Verestar is a leading global provider
of integrated satellite and fiber services to government organizations,
multi-national corporations, broadcasters and communications companies. By
utilizing leased satellite and terrestrial capacity, its teleports in the United
States and Europe, and a team of approximately 200 employees, Verestar designs,
engineers and deploys managed networks for data, voice and video communications

The transaction is subject to a number of contingencies, including an auction on
March 30, 2004 at which Verestar will consider other qualifying offers, and
final approval by the bankruptcy court and the Federal Communications

Pursuant to the purchase agreement, if SkyTerra is the winning bidder at the
auction on March 30 and the bankruptcy court approves the transaction, SkyTerra
will, among other things, provide the estate of Verestar with $7.0 million in
cash and loan forgiveness, including forgiveness of the existing senior secured
note payable to SkyTerra, and will provide the estate of Verestar with 19.9% of
the equity of the newly formed SkyTerra subsidiary that will acquire the
business and assets. In addition, SkyTerra will provide an additional $3 million
in funding to the new business upon closing of the purchase.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may
differ materially from these expectations due to our ability to close the
Verestar purchase, our success at the auction, at which we may be outbid, and
approval by the court and the FCC. Actual results may also differ materially
from these expectations depending upon whether our subsidiary which purchases
Verestar can retain or expand Verestar's customer base, control its costs, meet
revenue projections and achieve profitability. Additional factors are detailed
in the documents filed by SkyTerra Communications, Inc. with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those contained under the
Risk Factors section of the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Company with
the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2003. The Company assumes
no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements to reflect actual
results, changes in risks, uncertainties or assumptions underlying or affecting
such statements or for prospective events that may have a retroactive effect.