Satellite Service and Space Launch Allocations
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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
May 9, 2013
Bruce Romano, 202-418-2124
FCC TAKES STEPS TO MAKE SPECTRUM AVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL
SPACE LAUNCHES AND FACILITATE U.S. GOVERNMENT USE OF COMMERCIAL
SATELLITE SERVICESAction boosts U.S. leadership in commercial space industry
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to advance the U.S.
commercial space launch industry by proposing to improve commercial access to spectrum used for
communications services required for controlling, monitoring, and tracking launch vehicles.
The U.S. commercial space launch industry has entered a new era of innovation and growth. According to
the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation’s 2012 Commercial Space Transportation Forecast,
fifty percent of the total predicted launches over the next 10 years will be for commercial transportation
services. As this industry continues to develop, it will create new technologies, generate countless jobs,
and continue the United States’ leadership role in space.
To provide certainty to and encourage the growth of the U.S. space launch industry, the FCC today
proposed several alternatives for making available spectrum for use during commercial space launches.
This proposal represents an important first step towards enabling commercial space launch operators to
directly acquire licenses needed for use during launches, using well-defined application and coordination
processes. The Commission also sought comment on future spectrum requirements of the commercial
space industry, including what other spectrum needs may be important as the commercial space sector
continues to develop.
The FCC also took action today to facilitate the use of commercial satellite services by U.S. government
agencies. Specifically, to advance the goals of the National Space Policy, the Commission sought
comment on two alternative proposals to provide Federal earth stations that communicate with non-
Federal Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) and Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) space stations interference
protection identical to that afforded to non-Federal earth stations communicating with the same FSS and
MSS space stations.
Action by the Commission May 9, 2013, by Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Notice of Inquiry
(FCC 13-65). Chairman Genachowski, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and Pai. Chairman
Genachowski, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and Pai issuing statements. Commission
McDowell not participating.
For further information, contact Nicholas Oros (202-418-0636); Nicholas.Oros@fcc.gov
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