Proposed FCC Rule Could Effectively Stop Many University CubeSat Launches

Streamlining Licensing Procedures for Small Satellites, FCC

"In this document, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to streamline its rules to facilitate the deployment of a class of satellites known as small satellites, which have relatively short duration missions."

New federal policy would hike student spacecraft costs, threatening technology education, The Conversation

"In a move that threatens U.S. education in science, technology, engineering and math, and could have repercussions throughout the country's aerospace industry, the FCC is proposing regulations that may license some educational satellite programs as commercial enterprises. That could force schools to pay a US$135,350 annual fee - plus a $30,000 application fee for the first year - to get the federal license required for a U.S. organization to operate satellite communications."

Update: Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation states in a comment that "the new proposed NGSO license is for constellations of commercial smallsats that did not fit into any of the existing license categories. All of the existing educational cubesats were able to get FCC licenses via the amateur or experimental process, and those processes remain unchanged."

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