NOAA to smallsat operators: ‘Got an Earth imager? Come get a license, we’re free & quick(er)’

by Peter B. de Selding

Key takeaways from NOAA’s presentations at Smallsat Symposium:

— NOAA now much better at keeping to 120-day license approval after falling behind with flood of New Space satellite systems in recent years.

— In 2011, it had 20 licensees; now it’s about 70. Licensed satellites in orbit now total around 200; by late 2018 that will be around 780.

— The fact that Hawkeye 360’s RF mapping constellation didn’t need a NOAA license doesn’t mean a similar system won’t. Advice: Fill . . .

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