Interagency Review Process of Satellites Prior to Launch

10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room, FCC Headquarters, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554


The FCC convened a public event titled “Don’t Get Grounded: Understanding the Interagency Review of Satellites Prior to Launch”. 

Prior to a launch, U.S. government agencies review information regarding satellites and other “payloads” onboard the launch vehicle, including assessing whether the satellites have all necessary licensing and approvals, such as an FCC license.  The event featured speakers from across the U.S. government who discussed the respective roles of those agencies during this process, described challenges for both government and industry, and identified ways to alleviate burdens throughout the process so satellite operators can prepare for successful and timely reviews. Guidance documents will be posted on the Space Bureau’s Transparency Initiative webpage, available at


  • Sabrina Jawed, Manager, Commercial Space Law Team, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Stacey M. Zee, Manager, Operations Support Branch, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Ryan Guglietta, Lead Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Space Affairs, State Department
  • Glenn Tallia, Chief, Weather, Satellites, & Research Section, Office of General Counsel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Karl Kensinger, Special Counsel, Space Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Merissa Velez, Chief, Satellite Programs and Policy Division, Space Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

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