Accion Systems to cubesat owners & the FCC: Here’s the art of the possible with on-board propulsion

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in April set aside its proposed requirement that satellites operating at 400 km or higher carry on-board propulsion for collision-avoidance maneuvers and quick end-of-life deorbiting:

But the commission made clear that it would return to the subject after a fuller discussion with industry. The decision followed a broad protest from smallsat builders and operators, including university programs. Some said the requirement would be tantamount to putting them out . . .

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