FCC proposes order to streamline, cut cost of smallsat licenses; requires propulsion above 600 km

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) relaxed its proposed rules relating to on-board propulsion for small satellites and the minimum satellite size eligible for a lower-cost regulatory procedure in response to industry requests.

The agency has also extended, to six years, the license duration for the streamlined procedure.

The FCC expects to vote on its new regulation, “Streamlining Licensing Procedures for Small Satellites,” on Aug. 1.

A proposed order on the new regulations, more than a year . . .

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