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): February 2, 2005
                                                  (January 28, 2005)

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

       Delaware                       000-13865                   23-2368845
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(State of Incorporation)       (Commission File Number)       (I.R.S. Employer
                                                             Identification No.)

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

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

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Item 1.01.        Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

         On January 28, 2005, SkyTerra Communications, Inc., a Delaware
corporation (the "Company"), entered into Amendment No. 1 (the "Amendment") to
that certain Contribution and Membership Interest Purchase Agreement dated as
of December 3, 2004 (the "Original Agreement"), among the Company, The DIRECTV
Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Parent"), Hughes Network Systems, Inc.,
a Delaware corporation ("HNS") and Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a Delaware
limited liability company ("Newco"; and collectively, the "Parties").

         Pursuant to the terms of the Amendment, the Parties agreed to amend
certain provisions of the Original Agreement regarding (i) certain executory
period covenants of the Parties and (ii) certain conditions precedent to
closing, in each case, as more fully described in the Amendment. The Amendment
is attached as an exhibit hereto and incorporated herein.

Item 9.01.        Financial Statements and Exhibits.

         (c) Exhibits.

         Exhibit No.        Document
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         10.1               Amendment No. 1, dated January 28, 2005 to
                            Contribution and Membership Interest Purchase
                            Agreement dated as of December 3, 2004, by and
                            among The DIRECTV Group, Inc., Hughes Network
                            Systems, Inc., SkyTerra Communications, Inc. and
                            Hughes Network Systems, LLC.


        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 hereunto duly authorized.

                                         SKYTERRA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Date: February 2, 2005

                                         By:    /s/ Robert C. Lewis
                                                Robert C. Lewis
                                                Senior Vice President and
                                                General Counsel