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U.S. Congress has unveiled bipartisan draft bills to spur American space industry growth

Three new U.S. congressional bills promise significant changes for the U.S. commercial space industry and reflect increased attention on this rapidly growing and evolving sector. In the...

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Innovations in Space: Chinese satellite mega-constellations

This next installment of the Innovations in Space series provides an overview of the current development of Chinese mega-constellations. We specifically examine the status quo, anticipated...

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Fixed-satellite service operators may soon access new frequencies and routine licensing procedures

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks to add a space-to-Earth allocation in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band for the geostationary satellite orbit fixed-satellite service (“GSO...

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5G operators inch closer to critical mid-band spectrum at 2.5 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sought comment on Auction 108’s bidding procedures for new geographic overlay licenses in the 2496-2690 MHz band (or 2.5 GHz...

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FCC proposes cost-based application fee schedule; satellite application fees greatly reduced

On August 26, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) proposed a new license application fee schedule, including new application fee categories, such as fees for...

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Orbital debris mitigation standards evolve with new FCC rules and further proposed rulemaking

On August 25, 2020, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s new rules and further proposed regulations on orbital debris mitigation were published in the Federal Register. The...

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The FCC begins streamlined processing of licensing applications for small satellites

Operators seeking to deploy small satellites may now request streamlined processing of their FCC satellite license applications. The new rules took effect on August 19, 2020, wrapping up...

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WRC-19 revamps ITU radio regulations to accommodate emerging communications technologies

Communications technologies often evolve more quickly than the regulatory frameworks governing them. To keep pace, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication...

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World Satellite Week brings smallsats and CSSMA to Paris

The Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) held its second meeting of 2019 in Paris on September 10, during World Satellite Business Week. CSSMA members...

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