FCC Makes Spectrum Available for Commercial Space Launches

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules to provide access to spectrum that can be used by commercial space launch vehicles during pre-launch testing and space launch operations.

Frequencies used to support communications during space launches have historically been allocated for exclusive use by federal agencies. Now, under the terms of a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in late April, the FCC has added a non-federal, secondary allocation in the 2200-2290 MHz band that can be used by private space travel and satellite launch companies for communications purposes.

The FCC notes that non-federal operators will need to continue to coordinate their communications requirements through existing STA and NTIA processes until additional rules have been adopted that provide a new spectrum use coordination scheme.

Read the FCC’s Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on spectrum for commercial space launches.

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