Goto Section: 25.122 | 25.124 | Table of Contents

FCC 25.123
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  25.123   Applications for streamlined small spacecraft authorization.

   Link to an amendment published at  85 FR 52452 , Aug. 25, 2020.

   (a) This section shall only apply to applicants for space stations that
   will operate beyond Earth's orbit and that are able to certify
   compliance with the certifications set forth in paragraph (b) of this
   section. For applicants seeking to be authorized under this section, a
   comprehensive proposal for Commission evaluation must be submitted for
   each space station in the proposed system on FCC Form 312, Main Form
   and Schedule S, as described in § 25.114(a) through (c), together with
   the certifications described in paragraph (b) of this section and the
   requirements described in paragraph (c) of this section.

   (b) Applicants filing for authorization under the streamlined procedure
   described in this section must include with their applications
   certifications that the following criteria will be met for all space
   stations to be operated under the license:

   (1) The space station(s) will operate and be disposed of beyond Earth's

   (2) The total lifetime from deployment to spacecraft end-of-life for
   any individual space station will be six years or less;

   (3) Each space station will be identifiable by a unique signal-based
   telemetry marker distinguishing it from other space stations or space

   (4) The space station(s) will release no operational debris;

   (5) No debris will be generated in an accidental explosion resulting
   from the conversion of energy sources on board the space station(s)
   into energy that fragments the spacecraft;

   (6) The probability of a collision between each space station and any
   other large object (10 centimeters or larger) during the lifetime of
   the space station is 0.001 or less as calculated using current NASA
   software or higher fidelity models;

   (7) Operation of the space station(s) will be compatible with existing
   operations in the authorized frequency band(s). Operations will not
   materially constrain future space station entrants from using the
   authorized frequency band(s);

   (8) The space station(s) can be commanded by command originating from
   the ground to immediately cease transmissions and the licensee will
   have the capability to eliminate harmful interference when required
   under the terms of the license or other applicable regulations;

   (9) Each space station is 10 cm or larger in its smallest dimension;

   (10) Each space station will have a mass of 500 kg or less, including
   any propellant.

   (c) Applicants must also provide the information specified in
   § 25.122(d) in narrative form.

   [ 85 FR 43734 , July 20, 2020]


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Goto Year: 2020 | 2022
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